Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is reminding the state’s residents to keep safety at the front of their minds while using legalized fireworks this Fourth of July holiday.
Hudgens said that legal fireworks, like sparklers and similar non-explosive fireworks devices, should only be used with close adult supervision.
He noted that even sparklers can burn at temperatures as high as 1800 degrees and adds that around 8,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year for fireworks-related injuries, with most of those incidents involving children.
Also, Hudgens said two thirds to three fourths of all fireworks injuries occur during the four-week period surrounding Independence Day and on the Fourth itself, fireworks usually start more fire nationwide than all other causes combined.
The commissioner also reminded Georgians that the sale and use of most consumer types of fireworks, including firecrackers, skyrockets, and cherry bombs, is still illegal in Georgia and punishable by a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail.
Hudgens said the best way to view fireworks is still to do so at a professional show.