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February 2
APA urges Senate confirmation of CPSC nominees, read more

December 28
The APA urges the public to #celebratesafely this NYE!

November 2
Howard "Skip" Elliott sworn in as PHMSA Administrator, read more

September 8
President Trump nominates Howard Elliott to serve as PHMSA Administrator, learn more

June 29, 2017
APA applauds legalization of Consumer fireworks in NJ, see more

June 28, 2017
Must see July 4th Fireworks Displays, read more

June 21, 2017
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th, click here.

June 5, 2017
FMCSA withdraws motor carrier financial responsibility rulemaking, notice here.

April 19, 2017
APA files comments on TRALA ELD rental truck exemption application. 

March 23, 2017
FMCSA Withdraws Safety Fitness Determination Proposal, see notice here.

March 1, 2017
David Tang, K&L Gates, Asia, BBC interview on investment flows into and out of China.

February 22, 2017
Ann Marie Buerkle named Acting Chairman of the CPSC, read more.

February 2, 2017
CPSC issues Fireworks Regulations Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

January 31, 2017
Elaine Chao sworn in as Secretary of Transportation, read more.

December 19, 2016
OSHA issues final rule clarifying work-related injury reporting requirements. Click here to view.

December 16, 2016
APA looks forward to working with newly named PHMSA Associate Administrator for HazMat Safety William Schoonover.

December 8,
FMCSA issues final rule on entry-level driver training.

December 5, 2016

FMCSA issues final rule creating a CDL drug & alcohol clearinghouse.

November 23, 2016
Business group praises court decision to block overtime wage rule.

September 6, 2016
CPSC releases proposed policy on audible effects

June 30, 2016
Click here to see APA's 2016 "must see" fireworks displays for July 4th.

June 27, 2016
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th. 

For Immediate Release                                                                                         Media Contact:
                                                                                                                              Julie L. Heckman, Executive Director 
                                                                                                                              American Pyrotechnics Association 
                                                                                                                              (301) 907-8181

      American Pyrotechnics Association Launches Youth Education Initiative to Improve Fireworks Safety

Bethesda, Maryland June 24, 2016 – The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA), the nation’s leading trade association for the fireworks industry, announced today the launch of a youth education initiative to promote the responsible use of consumer fireworks.  

“Fireworks are among the most widely anticipated and valued parts of celebrating our nation’s independence,” said Julie L. Heckman, Executive Director of the APA.  “Our industry is pleased that the injury rate has continued to decline, however, we remain committed to eliminating all injuries involving consumer fireworks.  This new safety initiative, which focuses on educational curriculum for the school systems, will move us closer to that goal.”

The APA has created a new 501 (c)3 charitable organization, the American Pyrotechnics Safety & Education Foundation (APSEF) whose mission is to develop fireworks safety and education programs for youth including the history of fireworks, the science and engineering underlying fireworks, and the responsible use and potential misuse of fireworks.  “We believe it is imperative that fireworks safety is learned early in life with safety being the most critical component of the educational process,” said Michael Ingram, APSEF President.  We have engaged the expertise of the former Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Inez Tenenbaum to spearhead the development and distribution of age appropriate curriculum and resources to teach young people more about fireworks and fireworks safety.

The Foundation recently completed the development of educational curriculum kits for Grades 4th-8th and Grades 9th-12th and is meeting with state educators and teachers associations for their feedback and assistance in getting the curriculum formally adopted.   A series of brief animated videos, featuring Professor Sparkz have also been completed to accompany the subject specific curriculum content.  We are pleased to debut two of the animated videos addressing Safe Use of fireworks and how to recognize Legal vs. Illegal fireworks as we approach the Independence Day holiday.

“Safety is a top priority for all APA member companies and we are excited about this educational initiative,” said Heckman.  Our industry has gone to great lengths to increase the safety of our products and we are hopeful that this educational campaign will be warmly received by the school districts across the country to help instill a safe and responsible approach to all fireworks activities. 

The APSEF plans to launch its website later this summer and make available the educational curriculum, teachers’ guides and series of animated videos. 

About the American Pyrotechnics Association

The APA is the leading trade association of the fireworks industry.  The APA supports and promotes safety standards for all aspects of fireworks.  The APA has a diverse membership including regulated and licensed manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, importers, suppliers and professional display fireworks companies.  Additional information about the fireworks industry, facts & figures, state laws and safety tips can be found on APA’s website at http://www.americanpyro.com





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