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Fireworks safety from RFD

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The city has an ordinance that altogether restricts all fireworks that are listed on the state of New Mexico’s drought level restriction. This means that certain types of fireworks that you can buy legally in the county are not legal in the city despite the drought conditions.

They are: Bottle rockets; Saturn Missile Batteries, which make a distinct “whizzing” sound when they are launched; all types of missiles and all types of firecrackers that make a ground-level bang.

Other fireworks safety tips include:

• Be extra careful with sparklers. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. Let your children use glow sticks instead. They are just as fun and don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.

• Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.

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• Don’t wear loose clothing while using fireworks.

• Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.

• Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances.

• Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate. Put it out.

• Always have a bucket of water and/or extinguisher nearby, and know how to operate it.

• If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch it or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.

Barbecue safety

All open burning, including fire pits, requires a permit from RPD.

Grills should be kept a safe distance from the house and do not place them under awnings or roof overhangs. Vinyl siding in particular is very flammable. Avoid using grills on patio porches, and never leave a grill unattended.

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