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Leave explosives to professionals

Fireworks are explosives.

Sparklers, popular with children, account for 17 percent of firework-related injuries.

During the month of July, government agencies report that on average, 200 people go to the hospital for injuries resulting from fireworks.

Serious injuries are caused by rockets, Roman candles, bottle rockets, fountains, firecrackers and nearly every variety of fireworks.

The best course is always to attend professional public firework displays and not mar the holiday with injuries or worse.

While there are rare cases where injuries are reported at public displays, the professional shows are far more safe than backyard fireworks and, it won’t irritate the neighbors.

If you won’t heed sound advice and just have to ignite your own explosives, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers these safety tips when using fireworks:

• Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

• Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

• Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees — hot enough to melt some metals.

• 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 fire or other mishap.

• Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

• After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

• Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

We hope everyone enjoys this holiday season as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day.

Be respectful of your neighbors and neighborhood pets.

Keep an eye on your children.

Be wise.

Be safe.

— Editor Jim Zachary

Comments

OscarKnight 9 months, 3 weeks ago

....Popping off firecrackers in this county, serves no other purpose than to these misfit morons to begin their mishandling of firearms. Every holiday that comes, my family and I has to seek shelter with mattresses on the walls. This wasn't this way 15 years ago in this county. My son's home, and cars, was shot up during the holiday season every year. Try to report this to the cops, and see what happens.

....Fireworks should be banned in this Nation, altogether. Our Nation is no longer a safe place to be, and it's getting worser with each passing second.

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OscarKnight 9 months, 3 weeks ago

...What we have been needing, is Law Enforcement to Enforce These Laws !!

....We have already have City and County Ordnances against the Discharging of Weapons :

........Sec. 62-5. - Discharge of Weapons

http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10562&stateId=10&stateName=Georgia

(( "(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to fire a gun, rifle, pistol, revolver, cannon, air rifle, firearm of any type or shoot a slingshot or bow and arrow within the unincorporated area of the county within 1,000 feet of any residence, place of worship, business or public meeting place; except, that this section shall not apply to any law enforcement officer while in the discharge of his official duties," ))

(Code 1973, § 2-19-10; Ord. No. 2007-56, § 1, 3-20-07)

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OscarKnight 9 months, 3 weeks ago

.....I want a cease gun fire in my neighborhood everyday, not just for Holidays. ....The State of Georgia recently passed a State Law that makes celebratory gunfire a crime. ......Pointing the muzzle of a firearm into the air is probably the dumbness and stupidness act that anyone can do. "What Goes Up, Must Come Down"....Any moron should know this fact .

.....Our State Law About Celebratory Gunfire :

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/display/32010

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OscarKnight 9 months, 3 weeks ago

......Nothing is patriotic about hiding from gunfire in your own home.

.....Our Justice System is too soft, this is why this county has became a safe haven for these dysfunctional morons.

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