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JCFD officials: Let the professionals handle fireworks on July 4

June 13, 2015

fireworksEven though a new state law allows fireworks to be sold statewide starting July 1, Johns Creek Fire Department officials say it’s safer to attend fireworks displays conducted by professionals.

“Fireworks are fun but they are dangerous and unpredictable,” said Fire Chief Jeff Hogan. “Most people don’t realize how dangerous they really are. A bad accident can occur in the blink of an eye, and suddenly your life has changed forever. Professional fireworks are safer and more exciting to watch.”

Authorized fireworks include firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets and Roman candles, all of which are explosive and potentially hazardous. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), consumer fireworks – including sparklers – can reach more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns. (Glass melts at 900 degrees.) In 2012, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires and resulted in an estimated 8,700 injuries, most of which were burns, according to the NFPA.

However, if consumers decide to set off their own fireworks, they should make sure the activity is supervised by a responsible adult. Fireworks can be used between 10 a.m. and midnight. On Jan. 1, July 3, July 4, and Dec. 31, fireworks can be set off from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.