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Gwinnett Firefighters Provide Firework Safety Tips

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FireworksEven though some types of fireworks are legal in Georgia, you should use extreme caution to avoid serious injury during this year”s Independence Day celebrations.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that approximately 200 injuries are reported daily in July related to fireworks, and more fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day. Bringing these statistics closer to home, July was the busiest month for Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services in 2012. Let”s work together to keep Gwinnett healthy and safe this Independence Day.

Gwinnett County”s firefighters encourage you to attend a professional show instead of using fireworks yourself this year. If you are going to use fireworks, follow these tips for a safe celebration:

  • Never allow children to handle or light fireworks
  • Always read and follow instructions printed on labels
  • Only use fireworks outdoors in a clear, safe location away from homes and cars
  • Light one firework at a time, and quickly move back after lighting
  • Have a bucket of water and fire extinguisher nearby
  • Submerge the spent fireworks in water for at least an hour before disposing them
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Never attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Never handle fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Call 911 in case of emergency