Do you plan to usher in the year 2020 with your very own fireworks display?  Fireworks are often used to celebrate special occasions, but the National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of consumer fireworks. However, if you must light up the night – use caution!  This is the message of the Rome Floyd County Fire Department, as stated by Cpl. Don Bullard, a Life and Fire Safety Educator.

The risks associated with fireworks include burns and other injuries, fires and even death, asserts the NFPA.  An estimated 16,000 fireworks-related injuries are anticipated nationwide each New Year’s Eve.

A fourth of those injuries are due to the misuse of sparklers, which can burn  hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

And if you happen upon a firework that appears to be a dud – do not attempt to relight it.  Bullard and his fellow educator Linda Patty hopes that everyone will be safe as we head into the New Year.

Individuals, businesses and community organizations which aim to prioritize fire safety in 2020 may reach out to the Rome-Floyd County Fire Department to arrange for a fire safety presentation. For additional information, call (706) 236-4540 and leave a message.