FIREWORKS SAFETY AND ALTERNATIVES

Fireworks Law:

The State of Georgia permits the purchase and use of consumer fireworks, which include everything sold in Georgia retail stores - from bottle rockets to firecrackers and sparklers.

Fireworks can be used any day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., unless prohibited by local noise ordinances. Usage times are extended to 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 3 and July 4. On New Year’s Eve fireworks can be used until 1 a.m.

State law bans the use of fireworks on roads and highways and within 100 yards of a hospital, nursing home or gas station. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources prohibits the use of fireworks in state parks.  


Fireworks Dangers:

More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually

Burns account for 44% of the 9,100 injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in the month around July 4.

Half of the 9,100 fireworks injuries seen at U.S. emergency rooms in 2018 involved the hands, fingers, or legs.

Children age 10–14 suffered the most fireworks injuries in the U.S. in 2018. More than 36% of victims were under 15.

Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of fireworks injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms.

 

Fireworks Alternatives:

Use glow sticks instead of sparklers - Sparklers burn at 1200 degrees. Compare that to the 900 degree melting point of glass, the 575 degree burning point of wood, 350 degree baking temperature for cake and the 212 degree boiling point of water.

Use homemade and party store noisemakers instead of firecrackers - 34% of the 9,100 people treated for fireworks injuries in U.S. emergency rooms in 2018 suffered damage to the eye or other parts of the head.

Host an outdoor movie night instead of a fireworks display – In 2018 fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in the U.S.

Use red, white and blue silly string as a fireworks alternative – Fireworks ignited 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires in the U.S. in 2018.

Host a patriotic costume party and craft competition with friends and family – in 2018 fireworks caused five deaths and $105 million in direct property damage in the U.S.  

Sources: Savannah Fire Dept., National Fire Protection Agency & the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission


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