Celebrate 4th of July safely with these fireworks tips
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brookhaven, GA, July 3, 2017 – As we prepare to celebrate our Independence Day this upcoming Tuesday, it is important to remember and exercise appropriate safety practices when lighting our fireworks.
According to a report commissioned by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in 2016, an estimated 11,000 firework related injuries occurred between June 18 and July 16, 2016, with approximately 7,600 being treated in hospital emergency rooms.
To keep both you and your family safe during this time of celebration it is imperative that responsibility and safe planning are key themes present in your celebration. Below is a list of important safety practices to abide by when using pyrotechnics:
- Fireworks should always be used in accordance with their labeling and not launched by hand.
- Always ensure that your fireworks are aimed away from homes, buildings, and brush.
- Light your fireworks one at a time
- Never attempt to re-light a “dud” firework and douse it with water once an ignition failure occurs.
- Dispose of all firework related refuse in a metal garbage can after it has been doused with water.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix; and safety issues arise when those under the influence choose to engage in firework activities. Save the drinks and continue the celebration once you are done lighting your fireworks.
Brookhaven ordinance permits the year-round detonation of consumer fireworks between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight. However, between July 1 and July 4 of each year, the usage of consumer fireworks is permissible between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m.