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Highlights & News

November 20, 2014

Former CPSC Chair Tenenbaum joins industry Foundation team.

November 11, 2014

APA files comments on Reverse Logistics NPRM.

November 6, 2014
APA files comments on EPA’s Request for Information (RFI) on the agency’s Risk Management  {...}

September 25, 2014
PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman stepping down, read more.

September 24, 2014
PHMSA clarifies policies for Display Shells with Attachments and Display Mines.

September 17, 2014
APA Board approves NGAP Charitable Foundation, details here.

September 16, 2014
Retailers face possible security breaches, make sure you are covered, see more

August 22, 2014

Scott Darling named FMCSA Acting Administrator, see more

July 30, 2014
Senate confirms new CPSC Chairman & Commissioner, read more.

July 25, 2014
FMCSA Administrator Ferro to step down, more info here.

July 3, 2014
Learn about the science behind fireworks, click here 

July 2, 2014
See how donors are helping to reignite the skies this 4th of July.

July 1, 2014

Spectacular fireworks displays to honor our Nation this July 4th, read more.


June 28, 2014
Remember these important Fireworks Safety Tips this 4th of July.

June 24, 2014
Booms are a Boon for business, discover how fireworks boost sales.

June 23, 2014
APA predicts a banner year for Consumer Fireworks sales, see why


June 19, 2014
The APA urges the public to enjoy a Sparkling Good (and Safe) time this July 4th.  See more.

June 10, 2014
Traveling this 4th of July?  Remember, Fireworks Don't Fly, view FAA message here.

May 8, 2014
APA priorities on HMSP & User Fees advance in the House, APA members click here for more info.


April 29, 2014
DOT Sec. Foxx sends transportation legislation to Congress, see
more.

April 23, 2014 Save
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.




 

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

 

American Pyrotechnics Association Urges the Public to Enjoy a Sparkling Good (and Safe)
Time this Independence Day

 

Bethesda, Maryland, June 20, 2014 – The fireworks industry remains committed to providing the safest products available, as well as to educating the public on the proper ways to safely enjoy the great American tradition of celebrating with backyard fireworks.

Forty-six 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 out www.americanpyro.com and clicking on “state laws.”

Check out APA’s fireworks safety tips video here.

Creatively produced with a focus on common sense safety when using fireworks.

Remember that like most outdoor activities, even legal fireworks can pose a risk for 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 a sober, responsible adult present when handling fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to young children, even sparklers!
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a safe, flat area free from debris and combustibles
  • Have a working garden hose or bucket of water handy
  • Keep spectators 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
  • Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks
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 www.americanpyro.com

 

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