Fireworks safety tips
Fireworks are unpredictable, so injuries can occur even if a person is careful. Those who choose to use fireworks are urged to follow the safety tips below, provided by the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
* Always read and follow label directions
* Have an adult present
* Buy from reliable sellers
* Use outdoors only
* Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket)
* Never experiment or make your own fireworks
* Light only one firework at a time
* Never relight a "dud" firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water)
* Never give fireworks to small children
* If necessary, store fireworks in a cool and dry place
* Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in a trash can
* Never throw or point fireworks at other people
* Never carry fireworks in a pocket
* Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
* The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework
* Stay away from illegal explosives
* Remember to dial 911 for any emergencies
Source: National Council on Fireworks Safety
CUMMING — Forsyth County’s Fourth of July festivities are a popular draw each year, but attendees should follow safety precautions in order to prevent injury or illness, authorities said.
The Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade, which will be rolling through downtown Cumming on Saturday morning, is known for its festive steam engines.
But those engines have loud whistles, which can be disturbing for some people, especially younger attendees with more sensitive ears.
Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers recommended that anyone attending the parade bring earplugs or earmuffs to protect themselves from the noise.
Shivers also encouraged parade attendees to drink plenty of water before and during the parade due to the high temperatures expected that day.
The fireworks at the Cumming Fairgrounds on Friday night also attract large crowds, which can lead to traffic problems in the area.
Officers from the Cumming Police Department and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will be patrolling the area and directing drivers.
While many attend the fireworks in downtown Cumming, others choose to celebrate Independence Day at home with their own fireworks.
The fire department recommends people wear eye protection when shooting off fireworks, light only one at a time and limit their use to outdoor spaces.
Also, even though fireworks can be seen as a family activity, children should not handle them, and no one younger than 12 should use a sparkler.
“Many people do not realize that sparklers burn at temperatures of approximately 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals,” Shivers said.
If a firework does not work properly, avoid touching it for 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.