Shooting fireworks at these times, places is against state law

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

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