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Firefighters sending out holiday safety tips

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - James Ruff is celebrating July 4th with his family, along with the fireworks he paid nearly a $1,000 for at Little Dixie Fireworks in West Monroe.

"We're going to set off all these fireworks," Ruff said.

Business Owner Donnie Melton says he has plenty of jaw dropping gadgets for the July 4th holiday, since no burn ban is in the way.

"It has rained a lot here, recently, and everybody here locally said it's going to be a really good year," Melton said.

Melton believes many are probably waiting until the last minute to buy the fireworks.

"It has been so hot, they have not been out," Melton said.

Little Dixie is a distributor. Many of the retail stands in the area, at some point, used this building as their home.

Some people are heading to public fireworks displays. There is one in Monroe, Saturday, starting at 8:45 P. M at the River Market.  But there are other event that are starting at 10:00 a.m.

In Farmerville, there's one near the Highway 33 bridge along Lake D'arbonne Saturday at 9 P.M.

This week, Ouachita Parish firefighters are releasing some advice during the celebrations:

-Make sure all purchased fireworks are "DOT" approved on the label.

-Always read and follow label directions.

-Have an adult present at all times.

-Buy only from reliable fireworks retailers.

-Ignite only outdoors in an area of sufficient size for the fireworks being used.

-Have water handy to cool a burn or extinguish a fire.

-Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.

-Light one at a time.

-Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.

-Never allow small children to handle fireworks.

-Store all fireworks in a cool, dry place.

-Dispose of all fireworks properly.

-Never throw fireworks at another person.

-Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

-Never ignite them in glass containers.

Fire crews are also hoping you stay safe when it comes to grilling.

-Never leave your grill unattended.

-Keep grill surfaces clean by removing fat and grease residues.

-Only use grills, whether propane or charcoal, outdoors.

-Place grill well away from your home, deck railings, and out from underneath porches.

-Keep small children and pets at least three feet away from grilling area.


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