With the ringing in of a new year just around the corner the City of San Angelo Fire Marshal's have some request to keep us all safe.


Most folks like to ring in the new year with fireworks and of course the black eyed peas for good luck but the Fire Marshals are asking residents who wish to celebrate 2013 with fireworks to be safe.

In a press release from the City of San Angelo Fire Marshal Ross Coleman had some major concerns. “We have a lot of vegetation on the ground that is dried out becoming a fuel for wildfires,” Fire Marshal Ross Coleman said. “What also concerns us is the potential for strong gusts of wind.”

The Fire Marshals Office offers these tips to help stay safe with fireworks while celebrating the new year:

● Select an area free of dry grasses and other dead vegetation

● Always have plenty of water available to extinguish a fire should one start. Keep a bucket of water nearby.

● Do not use fireworks when the weather forecast calls for winds above 10 mph

● Always read and follow manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions.

● Have an adult present and never give fireworks to children.

● Only use fireworks outdoors. It is against state law to shoot fireworks from a motor vehicle.

● Store fireworks in a cool, dry place

● Never throw or point fireworks at other people. Do not shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

● Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

● Never experiment or make your own fireworks. Only use fireworks purchased from a reliable licensed seller.

● Light only one firework at a time.