Fire officials: Misusing fireworks can cause third-degree burns

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – If you’re thinking about ringing in the New Year with fireworks, the Macon-Bibb Fire Department has some safety tips for you.

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. (Legally, you must be at least 18 to use fireworks in Georgia.)
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a great danger.
  • Always have an adult supervise firework activities, including sparklers which burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees and can harm a child.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap.
  • Discharge fireworks at a distance of 25 yards or greater from other properties.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in a metal or glass container.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding them to prevent a trash fire.
  • Refrain from using fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Do not use fireworks indoors. 

  • Lieutenant Brenda Thomas from the Macon-Bibb Fire Department said accidents happen when people misuse fireworks.

  • We’re talking, sometimes, third degree burns and that’s pretty serious. When you get to third degree burns, you’re sometimes talking about being air [lifted] to Augusta to the burn unit so that’s how serious this really is,” explained Thomas.

  • Under state law, fireworks can be set off from 10:00 a.m. New Year’s Eve until 2:00 a.m. New Year’s Day.
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