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Its safety first for 4th fireworks
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Community fireworks show

The annual fireworks show presented by the city of  Springfield will take place Saturday at Effingham County High School.

The gates will open at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks show is expected to take place just after dark.

Fireworks safety tips

• Read and follow all label warnings and directions

• Use fireworks outdoors only

• Use fireworks on smooth, level surfaces and away from buildings & flammable materials

• Use fireworks only as intended. Never combine or alter fireworks

• Never try to re-light fireworks that malfunction (“duds”)

• Always have a water supply nearby (hose or bucket)

• Spectators should maintain a safe distance from fireworks

• Never use homemade fireworks. Report illegal explosives

• Adult supervision of children is essential, even with sparklers

• Enjoy professionally staged fireworks displays instead

ATLANTA — While sparklers and similar non-explosive fireworks are legal in Georgia, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine is urging citizens to use extreme caution to avoid injuries and fires when using fireworks during the 4th of July holiday.

“Fireworks should only be used with close adult supervision,” Oxendine said. “Sparklers can burn at temperatures as high as 1800 degrees, and must be used properly.”

The commissioner said with cities and counties cutting back because of the recession, there may be fewer public displays to attend this year.  

“I hope Georgians aren’t tempted to bring illegal fireworks into the state to stage their own displays,” Oxendine said. “Besides being illegal, such activity can lead to serious injury.

“According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2007, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,800 people for fireworks related injuries,” Oxendine said. “On Independence Day in a typical year there are more fires reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires.”

The law states that the definition of prohibited fireworks shall not include: “Wire or wood sparklers of 100 grams or less of mixture per item; other sparkling items which are non-explosive and non-aerial and contain 75 grams or less of chemical compound per tube or a total of 200 grams or less for multiple tubes; snake and glow worms; trick noise makers which include paper streamers, party poppers, string poppers, snappers and drop pops each consisting of 0.25 grains or less of explosive mixture.”

The sale and use of most 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.