February 2, 2017
CPSC issues Fireworks Regulations Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
January 31, 2017
Elaine Chao sworn in as Secretary of Transportation, read more.
December 19, 2016
OSHA issues final rule clarifying work-related injury reporting requirements. Click here to view.
December 16, 2016
APA looks forward to working with newly named PHMSA Associate Administrator for HazMat Safety William Schoonover.
December 8, 2016
FMCSA issues final rule on entry-level driver training.
December 5, 2016
FMCSA issues final rule creating a CDL drug & alcohol clearinghouse.
November 23, 2016
Business group praises court decision to block overtime wage rule.
September 6, 2016
CPSC releases proposed policy on audible effects.
June 30, 2016
Click here to see APA's 2016 "must see" fireworks displays for July 4th.
June 27, 2016
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th.
June 14, 2016
2016 July 4th media resources, APA members click here.
June 6, 2016
CVSA Roadcheck June 7-9, click here for driver checklist safety tips.
June 1, 2016
West Virginia liberalizes consumer fireworks regulations, click here for a summary.
April 20, 2016
PHMSA issues clarification regarding Designated Agents, view notice here.
April 5, 2016
PHMSA publishes Final Rule on Reverse Logistics.
March 10, 2016
FMCSA publishes Proposed Rule on Entry Level Driver Training requirements.
March 8, 2016
View key presentations from the 2016 APA Winter Conference here.
December 16, 2015
FMCSA publishes Final Rule on Electric Logging Devices.
November 25, 2015
2016 APA Winter Conference Feb. 23-25, see a sneak peak here.
October 20, 2015
House T&I Committee introduces surface transportation reauthorization & reform legislation, read more.
September 1, 2015
Tianjin, China explosions create uncertain shipping delays, read more here.
August 6, 2015
Senate confirms new PHMSA Administrator, Marie Dominguez.
.A fire or explosion can have serious consequences at a fireworks manufacturing plant or warehouse, or if a vehicle transporting fireworks is involved in an accident. Therefore, knowledge of the appropriate emergency action to be taken by the fire service or emergency response personnel in the event of an incident is critical.
In the event of fire or explosion at a fireworks manufacturing plant, all employees are instructed to immediately evacuate the site.
Fire service and emergency responders should never attempt to fight a fire that has reached buildings used for manufacturing.
Consumer fireworks (1.4G) contain limited amounts of powder per item. A fire involving sealedshipping cartons of consumer fireworks will burn for an extended time, as the fire spreads through the unburned cartons. Individual items will ignite and burn, and the fire may get quite intense, but large-scale testing by the government and the fireworks industry has shown that there should not be a mass explosion.
In the event of a fire involving consumer fireworks, the fire service or emergency responders should direct their efforts primarily to preventing the spread of the fire, although a fire involving only consumer fireworks can normally be extinguished by water deluge, if necessary. Keep all non-emergency personnel away from the fire area.
As with any fire, avoid breathing the smoke from a fireworks fire. The smoke, however, should not pose an unusual health hazard.
When display fireworks or aerial shells (1.3G) are involved in a fire situation, it is very serious and could result in a mass explosion. Fire service and emergency responders must evacuate the plant and/or warehouse and surrounding area immediately.
Never attempt to fight a fire involving display fireworks.
For additional information, refer to Emergency Response Sheets for Consumer and Display Fireworks.