Stay safe this New Year's when handling fireworks, sparklers.
The Gwinnett County Fire Department presented a demo Wednesday (Dec. 19) to show how to safely use fireworks and sparklers this season. According to the department, statistics show that in 2010 there were an estimated 8,600 injuries caused by fireworks treated in the U.S. hospital emergency rooms. While the only type of fireworks legal in Georgia are sparklers, the National Fire Protection Association reports that sparklers can cause serious burn injuries. They burn at about 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and are typically viewed by parents as relatively harmless fireworks for children, according to Gwinnett Fire. Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, Gwinnett Fire Marshal/Assistant Chief Steve Hrustich and Georgia State Fire Marshal …
Gwinnett Fire/ES encourages residents to attend a fireworks show rather than using fireworks.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services encourages residents to attend a fireworks show instead of using fireworks. There are quite a few fireworks displays to choose from this weekend in Gwinnett and in the metro Atlanta area. According to fireworks safety information provided by Gwinnett Fire/ES, over the past few years, Georgia's laws regarding fireworks have changed and the following are now legal: Although these types of fireworks are allowed in Georgia, citizens should use caution to avoid injury during this year's Independence Day holiday celebrations. Gwinnett Fire/ES warns that the sale and use of most types of fireworks, including firecrackers, skyrockets, and cherry bombs, are illegal in Georgia and punishable by a maximum…