SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah Fire and Emergency Services issued a reminder to citizens about the state's fireworks laws on Wednesday in hopes that individuals have a safe and fine-free New Year.
According to Savannah Fire, state law requires that all fireworks celebrations end by 1 a.m. on Jan. 1. Firework use is also banned on roads, state parks and anywhere within 100 yards of a hospital, nursing home or gas station.
They also issued numerous safety tips. Be safe out there!
- Read fireworks caution labels and directions before igniting
- Assign a responsible adult to supervise fireworks activities and never allow children to ignite or play with fireworks
- Don’t drink and light fireworks
- Wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move back to a safe distance
- Use fireworks outdoors in an open area; away from buildings and vehicles
- Never try to relight a dud firework; wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
- The gunpowder used in fireworks never expires; wetting them is the safest way to prevent accidental ignition
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks
- Dispose of spent fireworks by thoroughly soaking them and placing them in a metal trash can, away from buildings or combustible materials
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department
- Don’t bring pets to a fireworks display
- If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to minimize exposure to the noise
- Make sure your pet has an ID tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display
- Never ignite fireworks of any kind near pets