Use Caution With Fireworks for Safe, Fun Fourth of July Celebrations
Fireworks distributor TNT Fireworks shares safety tips.
Though Georgia limits the types of fireworks that can be purchased and used, pyrotechnic products are easily available across state lines.
In Georgia, fireworks such as firecrackers, skyrockets and cherry bombs are illegal to sell or use. Violations of the law can result in a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to one year in jail. Permitted fireworks include “Wire or wood sparklers of 100 grams or less of mixture per item; other sparkling items which are non-explosive and non-aerial and contain 75 grams or less of chemical compound per tube or a total of 200 grams or less for multiple tubes; snake and glow worms; trick noise makers which include paper streamers, party poppers, string poppers, snappers, and drop pops each consisting of 0.25 grains or less of explosive mixture.”
If you plan to use any type of fireworks this Independence Day, fireworks distributor TNT fireworks offers the following safety tips from the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) to ensure a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July celebration:
- Take precautions - Always keep a hose and a bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies.
- Light one firework at a time – Never light two or more fireworks or sparklers at the same time.
- Use fireworks outside and away from structures - Only use fireworks and sparklers outdoors on flat, hard surfaces in clear areas and away from houses, buildings and dry grass.
- Have adult supervision - Never allow young children to light or handle fireworks or sparklers. Be aware of the minimum permitted age in your state. Adults should always be present when lighting or handling fireworks or sparklers.
- Stay alert - Never mix alcohol or other substances with fireworks or sparklers.
- Stay clear - Never hold a lit firework in your hand. Keep as far from them as possible when lighting.
- Let sleeping fireworks lie - Never try to relight fireworks or sparklers that do not ignite. Wait 15 to 20 minutes before approaching them, then soak them with water and throw them away.
- Protect your pets - Animals are often frightened by the sounds of fireworks. Protect your “best friends” by keeping them indoors, secure and away from the loud, sudden noises.