ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - With the new year rapidly approaching many families will be using fireworks to usher in the new year, but there are things to watch out for.
Some basic safety measures can help make it an enjoyable celebration for everyone.
In Rapides Parish, remember to only use them outside city limits.
Make sure keep fireworks away from the roadway and never point them towards anyone.
"It is very important to be safe for the kids sake. You do not want a good experience with fireworks especially around this time of year around Christmas time and new years to turn into a bad experience and end up in the emergency room, because of doing something incorrect with the fireworks or something stupid with fireworks," said Gerald Butler.
Be sure children are kept under adult supervision near fireworks.