Highlights & News

April 23, 2014
May 21 deadline for CMV drivers, see FMCSA details on new medical certificate requirement.

April 16, 2014 
APA responds to NFPA President anti-fireworks legislation letter, click here.

April 1, 2014 
APA to testify April 2 before Congress on HazMat Reauthorization, learn more.

March 31, 2014 
APA files comments to OSHA's RFI on Process Safety Management, view them here.

March 28, 2014 
Obama to nominate new CPSC Chair, see more.

March 26, 2014 
NFPA withdraws Standards 1124, 1128 & 1129, read more.

March 25, 2014 
Pre-season transport tips, members click here for March Safe-T First.

February 11, 2014 
APA Winter Conference next week, see program of events here.

January 14, 2014 
FMCSA delays CDL medical card requirement, see more.

December 19, 2013 
FMCSA issues guidance on HOS driver rest breaks. APA Members click here for more info.

December 6, 2013 
Robert Adler named acting CPSC Chairman, more here. 

November 20, 2013 
DHS schedules listening sessions on Chemical Facility Safety, see more.

November 11, 2013
Obama Nominates CPSC Commissioner, see more.

November 8, 2013
APA remembers industry icon Bob Souza.

October 30, 2013
APA films new video & gives back to local community, read more.

October 28, 2013
Chairwoman Tenenbaum to leave the CPSC, check here for more information.

October 25, 2013
APA files Notice of Appeal with ANSI regarding NFPA TIA to limit the size of consumer fireworks retail facilities.

October 18, 2013
The Federal Government reopens, learn more here.

October 7, 2013
APA files comments on FMCSA NPRM to eliminate driver - vehicle inspection reports, view comments here.

October 1, 2013
How will the government shut down impact fireworks Approvals & HMSP renewals? Members click here for more information.

September 24, 2013
PHMSA issues NPRM on Civil Penalties, learn more.

September 4, 2013
CVSA's Brake Safety Week begins Sept. 8. Members click here for more info.

 

 

Emergency Response 

.A fire or explosion can have serious consequences at a fireworks manufacturing plant or warehouse, or if a vehicle transporting fireworks is involved in an accident. Therefore, knowledge of the appropriate emergency action to be taken by the fire service or emergency response personnel in the event of an incident is critical. 

In the event of fire or explosion at a fireworks manufacturing plant, all employees are instructed to immediately evacuate the site.

Fire service and emergency responders should never attempt to fight a fire that has reached buildings used for manufacturing.

Consumer fireworks (1.4G) contain limited amounts of powder per item. A fire involving sealedshipping cartons of consumer fireworks will burn for an extended time, as the fire spreads through the unburned cartons. Individual items will ignite and burn, and the fire may get quite intense, but large-scale testing by the government and the fireworks industry has shown that there should not be a mass explosion.

In the event of a fire involving consumer fireworks, the fire service or emergency responders should direct their efforts primarily to preventing the spread of the fire, although a fire involving only consumer fireworks can normally be extinguished by water deluge, if necessary. Keep all non-emergency personnel away from the fire area.

As with any fire, avoid breathing the smoke from a fireworks fire. The smoke, however, should not pose an unusual health hazard.

When display fireworks or aerial shells (1.3G) are involved in a fire situation, it is very serious and could result in a mass explosion. Fire service and emergency responders must evacuate the plant and/or warehouse and surrounding area immediately.

Never attempt to fight a fire involving display fireworks.

For additional information, refer to Emergency Response Sheets for Consumer and Display Fireworks.

 

 

 
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