The Fourth of July weekend is just around the corner and I’m sure many of you are already making plans to celebrate with friends and family. If your plans include a fireworks display, it is always recommended that you attend one of the many licensed venues around Metro Atlanta. If you plan to celebrate with fireworks at home please review the legal requirements and safety tips listed below.
Georgia State Law permits use of the following by unlicensed individuals:
- Wire or wood sparklers of not more than 100 grams 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
Standard safety practices as recommended by the U. S. Fire Administration and other related organizations include the following:
- Do not let young children play with sparklers. These can reach temperatures as high as 1200 degrees and cause third degree burns. Older children should be closely supervised.
- Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from houses, dry leaves or grass, and flammable materials and hose down the area you intend to use before you begin.
- Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby for emergencies and to pour on fireworks that do not ignite. Be sure to water down spent fireworks before placing them in the trash.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting and keep hair pulled back.
- Never ignite fireworks in a container especially glass or metal.
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption when handling fireworks.
If you plan to celebrate at the lake and you have young children, I would encourage you to make them wear a flotation device anytime they are in or near the water. It is easy for parents to become distracted when spending time with friends and family and even more so when adult beverages are being enjoyed. A young child can step off the shore and disappear under the murky water in mere seconds.
(Source: Cobb County Police Department)