Experts stress fireworks safety over July Fourth holiday

Experts stress fireworks safety over July Fourth holiday

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah Fire and Emergency Services reminds residents that Georgia law bans the possession and use of fireworks in the state.

Illegal fireworks are defined as any object that propels itself or a projectile – such as bottle rockets and roman candles - and any item that produces a bang, according to SFES. Generally, any type of sparkler, sparkling shower, and whirling shower products are permitted under Georgia law.

The purchase of fireworks from retailers in neighboring states discouraged and may be illegal in Georgia.

The ultimate safety precaution is for citizens to forego the backyard variety of fireworks celebrations and instead enjoy one of the many professionally staged fireworks displays. Savannah's celebration is scheduled for Wednesday night, July 4th on River Street.

Fireworks safety tips from SFES:

  • Obey state and local laws
  • Read and follow all warnings & directions on labels
  • Only use fireworks outside
  • Use fireworks on smooth, level surfaces and away from buildings & flammable materials
  • Use fireworks only as intended. Never combine or alter fireworks
  • Never try to relighting fireworks don't go off
  • Always have a hose or water bucket nearby
  • Spectators should maintain a safe distance
  • Never use homemade fireworks. Report illegal explosives
  • Supervise children even with the use of sparklers

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