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Fireworks safety demonstration today at 10 a.m.

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

 

WHAT: With Independence Day right around the corner, Georgia State Fire Marshal Dwayne Garriss is teaming with the City of Columbus Fire Department and TNT Fireworks to host a safety demonstration about the safe and proper use of items allowed under Georgia law. 

Although fireworks usage has increased across the nation in recent decades, fireworks-related injuries have plummeted. U.S. fireworks consumption increased 635 percent between 1976 and 2008[1] (29.0 million pounds versus 213.2 million pounds, respectively). During that same time period, fireworks-related injuries decreased dramatically from 38.3 injuries to 3.3 injuries per 100,000 pounds of fireworks, according to the most recent data available from the American Pyrotechnics Association.

This demonstration reminds Georgians to stay safe during the holidays and emphasizes the importance of using only legal items. Commissioner Hudgens will display sparkling items along with other items allowed under Georgia law; demonstrate the proper way to light them; and provide safety tips.

 

WHEN:            Thursday, June 27, 2013 

                        10:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:        Columbus Fire Department Headquarters

                      510 10th Street 

                      Columbus, GA 31901

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[1] Consumption per million pounds

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