Fire com­mis­sioner urges cau­tion around fire­works

Walker County Messenger - - Front Page - Staff re­port

As the July Fourth hol­i­day ap­proaches, In­sur­ance and Safety Fire Com­mis­sioner Ralph Hud­gens is urg­ing res­i­dents to use ex­treme cau­tion to avoid fires and se­vere in­juries when us­ing fire­works this In­de­pen­dence Day.

“The safest way to en­joy fire­works is to at­tend a pub­lic fire­works dis­play,” Com­mis­sioner Hud­gens said. “Each year in the U.S., around 11,000 peo­ple are treated in hospi­tal emer­gency rooms for fire­works-re­lated in­juries.”

In 2015, the sale and use of most con­sumer types of fire­works, which in­clude fire­crack­ers, sky­rock­ets, and Ro­man can­dles, be­came le­gal to use in Ge­or­gia. 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. Com­mis­sioner Hud­gens 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. Ex­cite­ment, noise, and lights can cause fear and stress.

For more on laws gov­ern­ing the use of fire­works in Ge­or­gia, please con­tact your lo­cal po­lice or fire de­part­ment. To find a li­censed fire­works dealer in your area, call us at 800-656-2298.

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