Calhoun Times

King: Be safe using fireworks this New Year’s

- From Office of Commission­er of Insurance and Safety Fire

Insurance and Safety Fire Commission­er John F. King is urging residents to practice extreme caution this New Year’s Eve when celebratin­g with fireworks.

According to the National Fire Protection Associatio­n, fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires and 500 vehicle fires. These fires caused five deaths and $105 million in direct property damage. Hospital emergency rooms also reported treating an estimated 9,100 people for fireworksr­elated injuries.

In recognitio­n of the risk of fireworks, Commission­er King asks Georgians to follow the below tips for keeping yourself and others safe while celebratin­g the holidays.

♦ 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.

♦ Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

♦ Light 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.

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