Friday, June 27, 2008

Newnan Fire Department Urges Citizens to Follow Fireworks Safety Tips This 4th of July

The Newnan Fire Department would like to remind citizens when handling fireworks for this 4th of July to do so with caution.

It is extremely important to know the difference between a legal consumer firework and a dangerous explosive device. Items such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are not fireworks, they are federally banned explosives. They can cause serious injury or even death. Stay away from anything that isn't clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer's name and instructions for proper use. Here are some more tips to help ensure a safe Fourth of July:

Fireworks are not toys. Fireworks will burn at approximately the same temperature as a household match and can cause burn injuries and ignite clothing if used improperly.

NEVER give fireworks to young children. Close, adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory. Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly.

Select and use only legal devices. If you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, check with your local police department to determine what fireworks can be legally discharged in your area.

Stay away from illegal explosives. Illegal explosive devices continue to cause serious injuries around the Fourth of July holiday. These devices are commonly known as M-80s, M-100s, blockbusters or quarterpounders. Federally banned since 1966, these items will not contain the manufacturer's name and are usually totally unlabeled. Don't purchase or use unlabeled fireworks. If you are aware of anyone selling such devices, contact your local police department.

Homemade fireworks are deadly. Never attempt to make your own devices and do not purchase or use any kits that are advertised for making fireworks. Mixing and loading chemical powders is very dangerous and can kill or seriously injure you. Leave the making of fireworks to the experts.

“We have so many fun festivities planned within the city for the 4th. These events are for the whole family to come and enjoy. We advise citizens to attend these events rather than shoot fireworks at home,” says Newnan Fire Chief David Whitley. “It is fun and safe and there is less chance of an accident occurring with fireworks which could turn deadly if not handled properly,” continues Chief Whitley.

For more information on fire safety please contact the Newnan Fire Department at 770-253-1851 or log onto the National Safety Council on Firework Safety at

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