CUMMING - Forsyth County fire officials are encouraging northeast Georgians to leave fireworks displays to the pros.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, emergency rooms treated about 8600 people for fireworks related injuries in 2010. Of those, about 1200 were related to sparklers.
While firefighters understand the appeal of shooting your own fireworks, Forsyth County Fire Captain Jason Shivers said they prefer you don't.
"We really would prefer, and any fire department is going to agree with this, that you leave your Fourth of July fireworks activities up to the professionals , enjoy those shows, and try to refrain from doing those personal shows yourself."
Shivers said if you must shoot your own fireworks, "please remember to abide by the state laws, only purchase fireworks legally within the state of Georgia and abide by all of the safety rules and regulations."
The Fourth of July week approaches with dry or drought conditions in our area and high temperatures in the forecast into at least Monday.
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests Supervisor George Bain said the use of all fireworks is prohibited on all national forests and national grasslands.
Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on national grassland and national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.
Regulations are enforced, and violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
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