Fire Department Concerned With Safety of Fireworks in Warm Weather
Temperatures are staying extremely hot which concerns Macon-Bibb County Firefighters about people staying safe with their fireworks during Fourth of July festivities. Even just a sparkler can ignite a wild fire in the lingering heat people feel in Middle Georgia.
Capt. Rex Sampson of the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department has never seen so little rain fall in the last 28 years.
"I think this is about the worst drought I've seen in a long time."
With so little water in the area, Sampson said grass is drying out making it ideal for sparks from a firework to ignite the arid landscape.
"The current drought situation is prime for fire."
During the month of July the fire department deals with many accidental fireworks emergencies. According to NewsCentrals media partner, The Telegraph, about two thirds to three fourths of all fireworks injuries happen during the month of July. However, Capt. Sampson said these are preventable if people follow instructions on fireworks and take appropriate measures
"Not to use fireworks unless you follow the manufactures recommendations, and dealing with children make sure you have adult supervision."
Capt. Sampson also said people lighting sparklers or any fireworks in dry grassy areas should water the ground before igniting fireworks off.
"Have a bucket of water and saturate the area that you're going to use to sparkle with water in the event that something may happen,” he said.
If a one doesn’t go off, he said to dump it in water and discard the item. Do not relight it.
Sampson said people are encouraged to visit professional shows instead of using fireworks at home. Firefighters have not responded to a fireworks incident this season but said it's still early in the month.