Know state firework laws, safety tips before ringing in the new year

Know state firework laws, safety tips before ringing in the new year
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Using fireworks is a common way to ring in the new year.

The State of Georgia permits the purchase and use of consumer fireworks, which include everything sold in Georgia retail stores - from bottle rockets to firecrackers and sparklers. However, the law requires that all New Year’s Eve fireworks celebrations end by 1 a.m. on January 1.

State law also bans the use of fireworks on roads and highways and within 100 yards of a hospital, nursing home or gas station.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources prohibits the use of fireworks in state parks.

You can read about South Carolina’s firework laws by clicking here.

The Savannah Fire Department has shared tips safely handling fireworks:

  • Read cautionary labels, directions and performance descriptions before igniting fireworks
  • Assign a responsible adult to supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children
  • Do not light fireworks while consuming alcohol
  • Wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away
  • Light fireworks outside on a flat, stable, fire-proof surface; away from buildings, vehicles and flammable materials
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak duds in a bucket of water
  • Keep 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
  • Soak spent fireworks in water and dispose of them in a metal trash can
  • Don’t wear bulky, loose fitting clothing that could easily catch fire
  • Light fireworks using a long-tipped lighter or sawdust covered bamboo sticks called punks, which are designed to keep your hands several inches away from the fuse

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