Macon-Bibb Fire Department offers firework safety tips
Lt. Ellen Kicklighter with the Macon-Bibb Fire Department says there were more than 9,300 firework related injuries across the country in 2013. She says 40% of the injuries were caused by using illegal fireworks.
Georgia law only allows fountain and sparkler type fireworks.
“If it goes in the air or if it explodes, it’s not approved,” Macon-Bibb Fire Chief Larry Smallwood said. He advises everyone to get their fireworks from grocery or convenience stores.
Chief Smallwood adds there are legal firework displays happening in Macon on New Year’s Eve.
“We sign part of the permit. We have a page we sign that requires a fire engine and a Fire Marshall to be on the scene,” said Chief Smallwood.
The New Year is right around the corner and fire fighters want to make sure people are celebrating safely.
“It’s very common for people to receive second degree flash burns. Sparklers can get up to a thousand degrees,” said Lieutenant Kicklighter.
The most common injuries from fireworks are burns to the hands, head, and ears. Lt. Kicklighter said the most dangerous injury is to the eyes. Victims can possibly lose sight in one or both eyes if the injury is not taken care of properly.
If someone receives an injury to the eye, Lt. Kicklighter advises them to avoid putting water in the eye or too much pressure onto it. She suggests seeking medical attention immediately to any severe injuries.
If you plan to use fireworks to celebrate the New Year, the Macon-Bibb Fire Department says you should:
- Always make sure an adult is present to supervise
- Wear protective eye wear when around fireworks
- Keep a buck of water nearby to make sure the firework is out completely before throwing it away
- Bystanders should be at least 30 feet away
- Avoid dry grass and shrubs