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Start the New Years safely

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

December 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Firefighters want to make sure that you are safe if you plan to bring in the New Year with fireworks. In 2006, 9,200 people were treated in U.S. hospitals for fireworks-related injuries.

About a third of them were under age 15. Firefighters say children should never use fireworks unsupervised. The weather can also add an additional fire hazard on New Year's.

"They do present hazards. One is you have the burn injuries. You have the eye injuries from the sparklers, those kind of things.

But this time of year, when everything is so dry and the humidity is so low, you have a bigger fire hazard than you do in the summer time," said Albany Fire Chief, James Carswell.

Firefighters recommend you ignite fireworks in a parking lot or other empty area away from anything flammable. They also say you should have water or an extinguisher nearby just in case.

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