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Newnan Fire Dept. says celebrate July 4 safely

Newnan Fire Department is recommending that citizens use a common sense approach when celebrating the July 4 holiday.

Newnan Public Information Officer Gina Snider said using consumer fireworks on our nation’s birthday is as traditional as  cookouts and parades. And it is equally safe if a few common sense rules are followed.

According  to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission there were an estimated 5,900 fireworks related injuries during the Fourth of July season in 2009. These injuries would not have occurred if there had been close adult supervision and if some basic safety steps had been taken, Snider said.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these common sense fireworks tips in the hopes that injuries to consumers can be greatly reduced this season:

• Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.

• Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.

• Fireworks should only be used outdoors.

• Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.

• Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting.

• Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.

• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

• Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.

• Never re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

• Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.

• Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!

• Report illegal explosives, like M480s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

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