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Lighting fireworks for the New Year

Everyone in the world will ring in the New Year, 2019, on Monday night. Everyone probably has plans for the night, be it going out, visiting friends and family or staying in and going to bed before the clock strikes midnight. For others here in the south, setting fireworks is another way to celebrate the new year.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, an average of 18,500 fires are started by fireworks every year. An average 1,300 structure and 300 vehicle fires are caused by fireworks.

In 2017, 12,900 people were treated for fireworks related injuries at emergency rooms. Children under 15 accounted for more than a third of fireworks related injuries, according to the NFPA.

Whether it may or may not be rainy and overcast on Monday, here are some tips for firework safety so no one in Troup County ends up in the emergency room or without a residence at the beginning of the year. According to the National Safety Council, never use fireworks if you have consumed alcohol, and never let young children handle them. Older children need to be supervised if they handle fireworks.

According to the National Safety Council, those handling fireworks or standing near by should wear protective eye wear, and never light them indoors. Never point fireworks at another person, residence or car or anything flammable.

In a previous interview, LaGrange Fire Lt. Rob Vael advised residents not to light their own fireworks. While there are no public firework displays this time in January, please think twice about firework safety.

Remember, fireworks are cool and a fun way to celebrate the new year, but they have the potential to become hazardous. They’re not worth risking your life. Think twice on how you want to celebrate the New Year.

We hope these tips help, and wish everyone a happy new year.