July 1, 2020
CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles
MARIETTA - The Marietta Fire Department offers helpful firework safety tips as the July 4th holiday approaches.
In 2015, the sale and use of most consumer types of fireworks, which include firecrackers, skyrockets, and Roman candles, became legal in Georgia.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are around 200 fireworks injuries every day during the month surrounding the Fourth of July. Each year in the U.S., around 11,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for firework-related injuries.
“The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks display. However, due to COVID-19, many of the yearly celebrations have been cancelled or postponed,” said Georgia Safety/Fire Commissioner King. “If you plan on hosting your own celebration, please be sure to follow all safety precautions with the fireworks while maintaining social distancing guidelines.” Commissioner King offers the following fireworks safety suggestions:
• Purchase fireworks from a licensed fireworks dealer.
• Observe all state laws regarding the use of fireworks.
• Read the labels carefully before igniting any fireworks.
• Ensure that an adult supervises all firework activities.
• Never allow children to ignite fireworks.
• Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Only use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
• Never try to relight a firework.
• Have a garden hose or bucket of water nearby.
• Use caution with animals.