FORT BENNING, Ga. (Dec. 29, 2017) – Although it can get cold, and many Families on and off post opt to host or attend parties, many Families decide to set off fireworks to celebrate the New Year.
Although the use of consumer fireworks is allowed in Georgia, bringing fireworks on post and using them is strictly prohibited (“The introduction, possession, and use of fireworks is prohibited on the Fort Benning Reservation except for authorized military train-ing and for public demonstrations approved by this headquarters.” – Maneuver Center of Excellence Regulation 210-5, Chapter 5, Part 16).
If you live off post, read the tips below from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries.
Follow 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 Fahrenheit – 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.
To learn more about the legality of fireworks in the state of Georgia, visit here. Pay attention to local ordinances before using fireworks.
To learn more about the legality of fireworks in the state of Alabama, visit here. Pay attention to local ordinances before using fireworks.