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New state law and safety tips for fireworks in Milton

Jul 1, 2015

Effective today, the State of Georgia has enacted a new state law regulating the types of fireworks authorized for usage and sale in Georgia. Additionally the new law specifies the time periods authorized for fireworks usage.

The City of Milton Fire Department would like to explain what this means for our citizens:

City of Milton Fire Chief Robert Edgar warns residents that every year thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires and even death.

According to a new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 230 fireworks injuries a day during the month surrounding the Fourth of July holiday. The National Fire Protection Association also reports more fires are called in on Independence Day than any other day of the year. More than 40% of these fires are caused by fireworks.

If you plan on using fireworks, the City of Milton Fire Department recommends you follow the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s fireworks safety tips. They include how to safely and properly handle the small explosives and keeping young children away from sparklers, which can burn at 2,000 degrees.

For more information on fireworks, contact Fire Marshal Matthew Marietta at 678.242.2541 or matthew.marietta@cityofmiltonga.us