New Year's celebrations will be happening across Acadiana all weekend long into Monday and as the calendar flips to 2024.

One of those festivities that many of us enjoy is, of course, popping fireworks.

The Lafayette Fire Department has some reminders for citizens across Lafayette Parish.

Lafayette Consolidated Government, Facebook
Lafayette Consolidated Government, Facebook

The big one is that it is illegal to set off fireworks in the City of Lafayette, however, it is legal in unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish.

We've all been warned of the dangers of fireworks yet every year we hear about horrific accidents. According to the Lafayette Fire Department, the most common fireworks injuries are to the face, eyes, hands, and fingers.

“Our main concern is safety. Often, fireworks land in a field or next to someone’s house, and subsequently, you have a small fire. We recommend having a fire extinguisher or water hose nearby in case a small fire pursues,” Lafayette Fire Department Public Information Officer Alton Trahan said.

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The Louisiana State Fire Marshal also suggests the following:

  • Detonate devices at least 200 feet away from structures, vehicles, and rubbish, and move away after lighting.
  • NEVER light fireworks in your hand.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at people, pets, cars, or buildings.
  • Adults should always supervise fireworks activities.
  • Never allow children to light fireworks, and keep them away from small children.
  • Never operate fireworks while impaired.
  • Light devices one at a time and monitor and have a bucket of water or hose nearby.
  • Discard detonated items by wetting them down to prevent re-ignition.
  • Do not dispose of them in a trash container.
  • Always read and follow the label directions.

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