Assistant Chief Stephen Hrustich, Fire Marshal for Gwinnett County, urged citizens to avoid the risks by viewing professional displays conducted by licensed and permitted professional pyro-technicians.
“Firefighters are always concerned with the potential for personal injury or loss of property due to consumer fireworks,” Hrustich said in a released statement.
Celebrate Independence Day With Fireworks, Festivals and More
For those who wish to use fireworks, fire officials offer the following tips:
- Use only approved/legal fireworks.
- Purchase approved fireworks from a licensed and reputable vendor
- Read the directions carefully and inspect the fireworks device for any defects.
- Keep a bucket of water, garden hose, and portable fire extinguisher close by.
- Ignite fireworks outdoors in an open area - away from buildings, vehicles, vegetation, or any other combustible material.
- Ignite only one fireworks device at a time and use a punk lighter or fireplace lighter. Always keep a safe distance between yourself and the fireworks.
- Remember to allow enough room for the proper functioning of fireworks. Always ignite them on a firm-flat surface.
- Never give fireworks to a child. Children should be kept away from any firework area.
- Never attempt to fix or re-ignite a malfunctioning fireworks device. Instead, discard them safely by soaking in a bucket of water.
- Before going to bed at night, remember to inspect the area where fireworks are used. Make sure that no smoldering fires, hot embers or sparks are present from falling fireworks debris. Wet down the area with a garden hose for added protection.
- Store leftover fireworks in a cool, dry place, out of the reach of small children or pets, and away from open flames. When discarding fireworks, remember to always soak them in a bucket of water for several hours before placing them in the trash.
Certain fireworks -- such as sparklers, fountains, smoke balls and ground spinners -- are legal in Georgia. Sparklers can emit showers of sparks over 20 feet in the air and are usually labeled with "emits showers of sparks." Generally, any fireworks labeled as "with report" or "shoots flaming balls" are not legal. Illegal fireworks include rockets, Roman candles, mortars, cherry bombs, fire crackers and similar products.
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