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Attorney General Jeff Landry Releases Safety Tips for Independence Day

BATON ROUGE, LA – The upcoming holiday celebrating our Country’s independence means family events, barbecuing, and fireworks. As Louisiana citizens gather with friends and family, Attorney General Jeff Landry encourages safety when using fireworks.

“It is important that people know, understand, and follow all firework laws and directions in order to keep themselves and those around them safe,” said Attorney General Jeff Landry. “This July 4th, I encourage everyone to keep their celebration fun and safe for all who are attending.”

Unfortunately, every year hundreds of people end up in the emergency room with firework-related injuries. In order to prevent any mishaps at your event, Attorney General Jeff Landry encourages the following tips to avoid injuries and celebrate safely:
  • Be aware of firework laws in your area.
  • Do not let children play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Only light one firework at a time and never attempt to relight one that does not go off after it has been ignited.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework towards people, animals, vehicles, houses, or flammable materials.
  • When lighting fireworks, keep a hose or bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

For more consumer safety tips, call Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-351-4889.