(WTVM) – July 4 celebrations are just a few days away, and what are Independence Day celebrations without a few fireworks?
Beginning on July 1, Georgians will get to enjoy what Alabamians already can – the sale and use of consumer fireworks, including sky and bottle rockets, helicopter and aerial spinners, Roman candles, firecrackers and other fireworks, thanks to HB 110.
Tommy Glasgow, the president of TNT Fireworks, wants everyone to be safe when using consumer fireworks, and has listed a number of safety tips and guidelines folks should keep in mind when using them.
The tips are:
- Always have a sober adult in charge
- Never give fireworks or sparklers to young children
- Only buy legal fireworks from a licensed seller
- Read and follow the directions on the labels
- Never carry a firework in your pocket or hold a lit firework in your hand
- Never shoot fireworks from a metal or glass container
- Keep spectators at a safe distance
- Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks
- Don't aim or throw fireworks at another person
- Never place any part of your body directly over a firework device - even when lighting
- Only use consumer fireworks away from homes, buildings and dry grass - on a flat, level, hard, fireproof surface, such as concrete, that is free from debris
- Have a working garden hose and/or bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies
- When finished, allow used fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes, submerge in water, drain, place in a plastic bag and dispose outside in a covered trash can
- Light only one firework at a time
- Never approach or try to re-ignite a firework that doesn't light the first time
- PROTECT YOUR PETS: Animals are often frightened by the sounds of fireworks. Protect your "best friends" by keeping them indoors, secure and away from the loud, sudden noises
- Always check with your local city and county governments as there may be certain areas where consumer fireworks are not permitted