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Highlights & News

November 25, 2015
2016 APA Winter Conference Feb. 23-25, see a sneak peak here.

October 20, 2015
House T&I Committee introduces surface transportation reauthorization & reform legislation, read more

September 1, 2015
Tianjin, China explosions create uncertain shipping delays, read more here.

August 6, 2015
Senate confirms new PHMSA Administrator, Marie Dominguez.

June 29, 2015
FMCSA grants APA HOS waiver request, see notice.

June 26, 2015
CPSC announces drop in fireworks related injuries, read more. 

June 5, 2015
APA supported legislation to safeguard seaports from disruptions introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner (CO)

June 3, 2015
President Obama nominates next PHMSA Administrator

May 22, 2015
Remember to Celebrate Safely this holiday weekend as we remember our U.S. heros. 

May 12, 2015
June 1 deadline for GHS Labeling & SDSs requirements, members click here for guidance

April 23, 2015
PHMSA reminds Hazmat shippers & carriers of emergency response responsibilities, see notice.

April 8, 2015
FMCSA issues Final Rule on Civil Penalties, read more.

April 1, 2015
PHMSA to clarify policy on additional name item fireworks Approvals, read more here.

March 24, 2015
Prepare for the season with APA Safe-T First, members click here.

February 25, 2015
Delays may continue despite West Coast Port labor resolution, read more

February 13, 2015

West Coast Port delays escalate, APA members click here for guidance. 


Backyard Fireworks Tips

Forty-seven of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia allow legal “consumer” fireworks for the Fourth of July.  The definition of consumer fireworks varies from state to state, but can include everything from cone fountains to roman candles to multiple tube “cake” devices to sparklers.  Before using fireworks, find out what’s legal in your state by checking the state law summary for your state by clicking here.

If your state does allow fireworks, remember that even legal fireworks can cause injury if they’re not used properly.  Consider the following tips when planning your Independence Day fireworks fun:

  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Always read and follow the directions on the label
  • Always have an adult present when handling fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to young children, even sparklers!
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a safe, non-wooden area
  • Having a working garden hose or bucket of water handy
  • Keep everyone a safe distance away from fireworks
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never re-ignite a firework that doesn’t light the first time or one that has finished its display
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Don’t throw fireworks at another person
  • Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance
  • Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks


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