Summer is here and the Fourth of July is just around the corner, which means family gatherings and fireworks.
"As a reminder, it is illegal to pop fireworks inside the city limits," said Athens Fire Marshal Lance West. "If you choose to buy fireworks and go outside the city limits to discharge them, please be safe."
According to the National Safety Council, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents in 2017. Of these, half of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Over two-thirds of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16.
If you choose to light fireworks, please follow these safety tips:
- Always buy fireworks from an established retail outlet.
- Always read and follow label directions.
- Always have an adult present.
- Only ignite fireworks outdoors in cleared areas away from houses, buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
- Keep water handy for fires and emergencies.
- Never experiment or attempt to make homemade fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks; soak them in water and throw away.
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Never throw fireworks at another person.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- Wear eye protection when shooting fireworks.
- After shooting them, soak fireworks in water before putting them in the trash.
Stay safe and have a Happy Independence Day!