Fourth of July fireworks safety tips

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Legal fireworks in Georgia don’t have to mean the end of someone’s well-manicured lawn or the destruction of a pickup truck.

Each year in the U.S., about 11,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 200 fireworks injuries a day during the month surrounding the Fourth of July holiday.

While the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks display, there are safety tips you can take to make sure your July 4 celebration goes off without a hitch.

The Georgia Department of Insurance and Fire Safety 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.

The sale and use of most consumer types of fireworks have been legal in Georgia since 2015.