Fireworks are best left to the professionals, according to a statement issued by Fire Chief Bill Myers.
Fire officials express concern that the sparks from fireworks could spread quickly and endanger nearby buildings and people.
“Firefighters are always concerned with dry (weather) conditions and the
potential for personal injury or loss of property due to consumer fireworks,” said Captain Tommy Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services. "“With the many opportunities to get together and view professional fireworks displays, why take any risks?"
They urge citizens to attend public fireworks displays that are conducted by professional pyrotechnicians.
For those who plan on using consumer fireworks, take the following precautions:
- Use only approved/legal fireworks
- Purchase fireworks from a licensed and reputable vendor, and never from someone off the street
- Read all directions carefully
- Keep a bucket of water, hose or fire extinguisher nearby
- Stay away from buildings, vegetation and vehicles
- Ignite only one firework at a time and use a fireplace lighter
- Never give fireworks to a child
- Make sure there are no smoldering embers left once you leave the premises; wet down the area for extra protection
- Store any leftover fireworks in a cool, dry location, away from children and animals. Soak discarded fireworks in a bucket of water for several hours before discarding them
For more information, visit the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction website.