The Statesboro Fire Department, in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association, has issued a Fireworks Safety Warning for the Fourth of July.

As you celebrate Independence Day this weekend, please remember not everyone is a fan of loud noises (especially pets). When using fireworks this 4th of July, please practice the following safety tips:

  • Always read the labels and follow the directions for each specific type of firework
  • Light fireworks outdoors and maintain a safe distance away from other people and fire hazards
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Do not give fireworks to small children
  • Avoid using illegal or homemade fireworks
  • Have a garden hose or bucket of water nearby
  • Submerge used and unused fireworks in water prior to discarding
  • If injuries and damages do occur, call 911
  • If you do not feel safe lighting your own fireworks, feel free to attend a public fireworks display

It is important to be mindful of fireworks safety.

Fireworks cause thousands of injuries each year.

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A few ideas to get into the patriotic spirit, without fireworks:

  1. Use glow sticks, they glow in the dark and are a safe alternative to a sparkler. Fun for
    all ages.
  2. Loud and proud. Noise makers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local
    party supply stores or make your own.
  3. Outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector.
    Don’t forget the bug spray!
  4. Red, white and blue silly string…fun for all ages.
  5. Make a patriotic craft with the family.
  6. Throw a birthday party for the USA, and don’t forget
    the cake.
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FACTS About Fireworks Safety

• More than 19,500 reported fires
are started by fireworks annually.

• Burns account for 44% of
the 9,100 injuries treated in
emergency rooms seen in the
month around July 4.

• Half of the fireworks injuries
seen at emergency rooms were
extremities: hand, finger, or leg.
One-third were to the eye or
other parts of the head.

• Children ages 10–14 had the
highest rate of fireworks injury,
with more than one-third (36%)
of the victims of fireworks injuries
under age 15.

• Sparklers account for roughly
one-quarter of emergency room
fireworks injuries.