The Department of Public Safety issued yesterday safety tips on the use of firecrackers or fireworks for today and tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve revelry in the CNMI.
DPS Fire Division spokesperson Jocelyn Alvarez urged residents to report people using modified fireworks or modified devices such as cannons as such items are not permitted and are considered illegal.
Alvarez said anyone under 18 years old may not purchase fireworks and that parents or guardians should not allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Alvarez said fireworks are not permitted for use in residential areas after 10pm.
Adults, she said, should always supervise fireworks activities.
“Never try to reignite fireworks that have not ignited fully. Never point fireworks toward another person,” she said.
Alvarez advised people to never carry fireworks in their pockets or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
“Any individual under the influence of drugs or alcohol should not use or supervise in the use of fireworks,” she added.
Last New Year festivities in the CNMI were peaceful. Police caught only one person driving while intoxicated and no major vehicular accident was reported. No firecracker or fireworks-related injury was reported.
As of press time, almost all fireworks and firecrackers sold at stores were already sold out.