With fireworks season nearly here, New Canaan Fire Marshal Fred Baker is promoting common-sense safety tips for residents to follow when setting off fireworks at home.

This week, Baker issued a list of safety tips and reminders about what constitutes legal fireworks in the state:

Only sparklers and “shower” type fireworks are legal to sell and use in Connecticut, as opposed to aerial or exploding fireworks which are not legal for sale or use.

Only persons 16 years old or older may use legal fireworks.

Always ignite legal fireworks at least 30 feet away from spectators and structures and follow instructions from the manufacturer.

Choose a clear open area free of dried grass or other vegetation that could ignite.

Never lean over a display when igniting, and always have a bucket of water or garden hose at the ready.

If a firework fails to discharge, don’t pick it up or look into it. Let it sit and then dunk or douse it with a pail of water.

Anyone with questions about fire safety should contact the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-594-3030.