Thursday, July 04, 2013

Leave fireworks to the pros July 4.

Courtesy City of Milton GA

City of Milton Fire Chief Robert Edgar warns residents that every year thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.

Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires and even death.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 60 percent of all fireworks injuries in 2012 occurred during the month surrounding the Fourth of July holiday. The National Fire Protection Association also reports more fires are called in on Independence Day than other day of the year. Nearly half of these fires are caused by fireworks.

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In Georgia, only "sparkler-type" fireworks purchased in the state are legal. Anything that shoots into the air or explodes (bottle rockets, cherry bombs, etc.) is illegal. A good rule of thumb is that if you had to travel to South Carolina or Tennessee to purchase it, it is probably illegal to use in Georgia.

And remember, in Milton using consumer fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday puts more than just people at risk, so please use the utmost caution and work with your neighbors to minimize the danger. Equestrian farm owners in Milton have horses spooked by fireworks, not to mention the fire danger of dry pastures or barns filled with hay.

Just be mindful and considerate of your neighbors, and everyone will be able to enjoy the holiday.

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