Folks all around Paulding County have big plans for the day. Whether it be firing up the grill for a barbecue with family, or heading out to a big event around the area, the day has a lot of fun in store for everyone as America celebrates Independence Day.

Those who are planning to stay home and shoot off their own fireworks should keep one thing in the forefront of their minds above all else: do so safely and avoid trips to the emergency room.

Note that per Georgia State Law, anyone who want to celebrate Independence Day can explode their fireworks between 10 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on July 3 and July 4. State law does supersede any noise ordinances in effect locally.

Fireworks Safety


Especially small children who might look adorable holding a sparkler in their hands, but could end up getting seriously hurt by the exposed burning flame of gunpowder on a metal or wooden stock as it is waved around in the night air. It might make a cute picture, but be aware of the danger involved.

REMINDER: Fireworks are explosives, and should be treated as dangerous at any point while handling. Please do not point fireworks at other people or yourself. Handle with care.

DO NOT CONSUME ALCOHOL AND OTHER SUBSTANCES THEN CHOOSE TO HANDLE FIREWORKS. Let someone be the designated explosives lighter if friends and family choose to imbibe during the holiday.

If you are burned or injured by a firework or sparkler, seek immediate help from medical professionals.

Fireworks can still be dangerous if they get wet or soaked but don’t fire. Do not attempt to relight fireworks. Do not attempt to dry out fireworks to reuse. Also, do not use any fuels to attempt to light fireworks.

Do be considerate of those who might be suffering from PTSD and the impact that fireworks might have on neighbors who are veterans, as well as those with dogs and other pets who may be sensitive to the explosive noises caused by fireworks displays.

Keep pets indoors while neighbors are shooting off fireworks as well.

Also, one last thing: When home shows are done, PLEASE BE SURE TO HOSE DOWN the spent fireworks to avoid potential coals reigniting or burning the cardboard used to package and fire off items.

Remember to have fun, be safe, and responsible this evening!

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