Use cau­tion if us­ing fire­works

Walker County Messenger - - Sports -

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 8,000 peo­ple are treated in hos­pi­tal emer­gency rooms for fire­work­sre­lated 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. Last year 158 fire­works re­lated in­ci­dents were re­ported across the state. Those in­ci­dents in­clude grass, brush, wood­land, ve­hi­cle, and mo­bile home fires.

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, please visit our Fire­works Page.

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