Shooting fireworks this July 4? You’ll need these safety tips

Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 11:25 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - With the July 4 holiday approaching, the Augusta Fire Department/EMA wants to remind people about staying safe during the festivities.

If you’re shooting fireworks, obviously you’ll want to take some extra precautions and keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to drench used fireworks.
  • Parents should watch what their children are doing and where they are.
  • Be mindful of weather conditions. Wind will blow sparks and fireworks over potentially dangerous areas, which may include patches of dry grass that may catch on fire.
  • Never point fireworks at other people.
  • Launch fireworks from a flat concrete surface.
  • Do NOT reignite a firework if it does not fire the first time.

Since 2018, Georgia has allowed the sale of most types of fireworks, which include sparklers, rockets, roman candles, fountains, missiles, and other aerial items.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year.

Augusta Fire Department firefighters responded to six firework-related incidents on July 4 last year.

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