With the area’s current drought conditions, and as the fourth of July holiday approaches, outside activities increase the possibility of fires. Grilling, cigarettes and fireworks can cause a fire to ignite quickly. On a typical July 4 holiday, fireworks are the leading cause of fires, accounting for more outdoor fires in the United States than all other causes of outdoor fires combined.
While it is recommended that fireworks be left in the hands of experts, here are some safety tips for those who choose to use fireworks:
- Always read and follow the instructions on the package
- Always have adult supervision
- Never use fireworks near dry vegetation or flammable materials
- Have a water hose nearby
- Never attempt to relight or handle malfunctioned fireworks
- Use only legal fireworks
Fireworks that are legal in Georgia will be non-aerial and will not explode. Typically, legal fireworks include sparklers and fountain-type novelty devices.
Parents can never be too careful when it comes to the safety of their family and friends. The Marietta Fire Department is asking each person take every precaution so that your family has a safe, fun holiday.
For more information contact the Marietta Fire Department at 770-794-5450.