Making safety first on the 4th

Making safety first on the 4th

We wish all our readers a safe and happy holiday weekend. "We receive a tremendous amount of fireworks complaints around the Fourth ... and it makes it very hard for law enforcement to determine what's lawful and what's not". Some communities including the City of Brighton enacted an ordinance limiting it to those days. Complaints range from dogs barking, people who can't sleep due to neighbors shooting fireworks and everything in between.

"Some people when they were kids may have had firecrackers and sparklers, but they need to realize these devices are not toys and respect them, and also realize that there are so many more fireworks now that are more unsafe", said Causey.

The National Council on Fireworks safety also offers several recommendations to reduce the risk of injury or death related to using other fireworks.

Zarek said his advice for people wanting to enjoy fireworks is to go to a public show put on by trained professionals.

Residents within incorporated municipalities should make sure there are no local restrictions against setting off fireworks in city limits, Klabunde said. "(You) can't mirror the shows that professionals do anyway". The same reports points out the majority of injuries (28 percent) are caused by sparklers. "Remember, even though some fireworks are legal to buy in some states, it does not mean they are legal to use everywhere by anyone". Anything consumer grade would be labeled 1.4G.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 11,100 injuries were associated with fireworks in 2016.

Macy's Fireworks Viewing Points 2017
Macy's Fireworks Viewing Points 2017

City codes state sparklers and firecrackers are specifically authorized, as long as they meet the requirements of not being more than ¼-inch in diameter, not being more than 2 inches long and containing no more than four grains of explosive composition.

"More than half of the injuries incurred by children 5-years old and younger are caused by sparklers, which is something most people think is safe", Burns said. "Every year we get people that get burned, that get hurt. the alcohol don't mix *siren* with fireworks", said Russell. A day after the Continental Congress adopted the declaration on July 4, 1776, John Adams - soon the second USA president - penned a letter to his wife Abigail, declaring that Independence Day "ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more".

You should also keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap. Light one fireworks device at a time and retreat to a safe distance immediately.

Kids should not play with fireworks.

In Georgia, all fireworks classified as DOT 1.4G (consumer fireworks) are legal to purchase and use as stated in the Georgia General Assembly House Bill 727.

The Lambertville-New Hope fireworks will light up the sky on July 7 at 9:30 p.m. along the Delaware River in New Hope and Lambertville.

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