Although the reporting for 2018 is incomplete, the Consumer Product Safety Commission received five reports of nonoccupational fireworks-related deaths for that year. All of the reported deaths involved reloaded aerial devices and all five people died from direct impact of the fireworks. Additionally, fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,100 injuries that required hospital treatment. Of these, 5,600 injuries occurred between the period of June 22, 2018, and July 22, 2018. The majority of the injuries (64%) were to males. 36% of those injured were children younger than 15 years of age.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on the safety tips for fireworks offered by the Cobb County Fire Department. Cobb County noise ordinance prohibits the discharge of fireworks after 9 p.m. with the exception of Jan, 1, the last weekend of May, July 3rd, July 4th, the first Monday in September, and December 31st. Fireworks may be discharged until midnight on these days and until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.
In Georgia, children under 18 are prohibited from using fireworks. Fireworks that are packaged in brown paper are often fireworks that were made for professional displays. This could cause a danger to those not trained in the proper manner of discharging these fireworks.
Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting the firework. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that do not discharge. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them from glass or metal containers. After you have finished lighting fireworks, douse them thoroughly with water to ensure that no fire occurs.
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