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How Savvy Are You About New York State Regulations on Fireworks and Sparkling Devices?

Does New York allow fireworks?

New York State does not allow the sale or distribution of fireworks. The items you see here in New York, are called “Sparkling Devices”. These are ground-based or hand-held devices that produce sparks, colored flame, noise, and or smoke. They do not rise into the air, do not fire inserts or projectiles into the air, and do not explode. They are limited in size by the weight of the pyrotechnic chemicals.

When can I use Sparkling Devices?

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) publishes fire danger ratings for each Fire Danger Rating Area (FDRA) in the State. The use of sparkling devices at any location within a FDRA designated by the DEC as having a fire danger rating of extreme (red) at any time when such designation is in effect is prohibited.

When can I buy Sparkling Devices?

Certified retailers can sell devices from Jun 1 to July 5 and again from Dec 26 to Jan 1. Tent retailers are limited to June 20 to July 5 and Dec 26 to Jan 1. As of the date of this document, the following counties have notified the Office of Fire Prevention and Control that the sale and use of Sparkling Devices is prohibited: Bronx, Columbia, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Schenectady, Suffolk, and Westchester. As always, in dry weather conditions or during a burn ban these devices should not be used.

Where can I use Sparkling Devices?

Sparkling Devices are intended for outdoor use only. They should not be within 10 feet of a building or structure. Local ordinance may also limit the quantity of devices that can be stored in a residence for personal use.

Are Sparkling Devices safe to use?

Any device that uses flammable chemicals is a risk. Sparkling devices can produce temperatures of approximately 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. This can cause serious burns and fire risk. These items should not be handled by children. Never place these devices on your body or pass a lit item to another person. Follow all package directions. Recalls for devices can be found on the Consumer Products Safety website

What do I do with the Sparkling Devices after they have been used?

All burned devices should be soaked with water and only put into the trash after it is assured that they are cooled. Any items that did not activate should never be reignited and should be soaked as well before disposal.

Where can I get up to date information about Sparkling Devices?

The Office of Fire Prevention and Control regularly updates information. Online access


Cortland Fire Department has instructors available for American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) CPR and First Aid classes at your workplace, school, civic or youth group. Courses are also hosted twice a year at the Armory Building at 25 Wheeler Ave. These courses are for anyone with limited or no medical training. CPR is a means to save heart muscle until a cardiac arrest victim can get to advanced care.  Cortland Fire Department also provides Healthcare Provider-level BLS CPR for agencies needing more advanced coursework.  Basic First Aid and CPR Courses are $40.00 per course.  Call for quotes on other courses.

 2019 Dates:    2/16/2019 and 8/10/2019

2020 Dates:    2/15/2020 and 8/29/2020

First Aid starts at 8:30 am ending at 12:30 pm and CPR starts at 1:00 pm ending at 5:00 pm

Class Registration Form  and    Class Dates and Information

The ASHI Basic First Aid course helps students develop basic first aid knowledge, skills, and the confidence to respond. This first aid training program is an excellent choice for both the community and workplace setting, and conforms to the 2015 AHA and ARC Guidelines Update for First Aid.

Intended for individuals who are not healthcare providers or professional rescuers but desire, or are required, to be certified in basic emergency medical care.

ASHI's CPR and AED training course is designed specifically for laypeople, and is an excellent choice for CPR and defibrillator training in both community and workplace settings. This extremely flexible program will help prepare individuals to respond to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and choking incidents. This CPR and AED course conforms to the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC.

CPR is the second most important link in the chain of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The first is the recognition that a person is in trouble. Even if you don’t take a course, learning to recognize the signs of an emergency can save a life. American Heart Association has information at their website to learn about heart attackstroke and many other life threatening emergencies.

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