Public safety officials give tips for handling fireworks

Fireworks safety demonstration in Macon

Public safety officials are want people to shoot fireworks safely as the Fourth of July approaches. The Macon-Bibb Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office held a safety demonstration today on First Street.

Some tips included wearing closed-toed shoes, eye goggles, and gloves. Also, keep a bucket of water nearby while using fireworks. State Safety Fire Commissioner, Jay Florence, said his advice is for people to respect their neighbor.

Florence said, “We get a lot of complaints about people who continue to shoot fireworks off at 1, 2, 3, and 4:00 in the morning, and that is not consistent with state law. It is certainly not a good way to be a good neighbor. You know most of the rules that we have boil down to using common sense.”

Fire Chief Marvin Riggins said that only individuals 18 and older should be handling fireworks. He said only buy commercially-produced fireworks

Riggins said, “We do emphasize a 300-foot variance when you are close to a structure or wooded and vegetated areas.”

Bibb County's fireworks start around 9 p.m. on the 4th of July at Lake Tobesofkee.

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