MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A lot of you will be ringing in the new year with a bang! Fireworks will be a hot commodity this weekend, but can be dangerous as well.
The Macon-Bibb Fire Department wants to make sure you’re having fun, but staying safe.
“We receive calls for burns and fires as well,” said Macon-Bibb County Fire educator, Jeremy Webb.
He says having the right equipment, can help you out.
“People that potentially get burned from fireworks are from not having proper hand protection,” said Webb.
So it’s important to use heat resistant gloves.
“Burns will probably be the most common but in the most extreme circumstances, you may have amputations or blast injuries,” said Todd Braswell, Coliseum Medical Centers Emergency Room Director.
Braswell says protecting your eyes and ears is also crucial.
“Simple earmuffs or things like that,” said Braswell. “Even just covering your ears with your hands, just to protect your hearing. It doesn’t take as much loud noises to cause damage to your ears as people might think.”
As for where you’re shooting the fireworks, make sure it’s in an open area.
“Shooting them off in wooded areas can potentially cause a fire emergency,” said Webb. “Make sure you’re in a clear open area. Avoid power lines or wooded areas.”
Webb also suggests not to drink and light fireworks. Impairment can cause make lighting fireworks more dangerous.
Following these simple steps will ensure you have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. If there is an emergency, call 911.