As Americans flock to purchase fireworks and use them to celebrate Independence Day, local officials and authorities are urging residents to follow local noise ordinances and safety guidelines.
In Gwinnett County, residents can legally set off fireworks on Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Any fireworks activity after midnight up until 9:59 a.m. is illegal and could result in a visit from law enforcement.
Residents are also not permitted to set off fireworks in recreational facilities, parks and other state property unless a permit has been obtained from the Gwinnett Fire Marshal’s Office. Applications for a temporary permit can be found on the Fire Plan Review website.
Gwinnett County Fire and Rescue Services offers the following safety tips concerning the use of fireworks.
- Purchase fireworks only from a licensed and reputable vendor.
- Read the directions carefully and inspect the device for any defects.
- Keep a bucket of water, garden hose and fire extinguisher near by.
- Ignite fireworks outdoors in an open area away from buildings, vehicles, vegetation or any other combustible material.
- Ignite only one device at a time and use an ignition stick or fireplace lighter.
- Always keep a safe distance between yourself and the device.
- Remember to allow enough room for the proper functioning of fireworks.
- Always ignite devices on a firm, flat surface.
- Never give fireworks to a child and keep children away from any firework area.
- Never attempt to fix or re-ignite a malfunctioning device. Instead, discard it safely by soaking it in a bucket of water.
- Before going to bed at night, remember to inspect the area where fireworks were used.
- Make sure that no smoldering fires, hot embers or sparks are present from falling fireworks debris. Wet the area with a garden hose for added protection.
- Store unused fireworks in a cool, dry place out of reach of children or pets and away from open flames.
- When discarding fireworks, remember to always soak them in a bucket of water for several hours before placing them in the trash.
- Never attempt to make your own fireworks.
- Never handle fireworks when impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Call 911 in case of emergency.