2 Minute Advocacy Ask for this Week: No on Legalizing Explosive Firearms

And yes–it really only takes 2 minutes

The “Ask”:  Please contact members of the Georgia House Regulated Industry Committee and ask them to vote NO on HB 110 (Roberts-155th) and HB 15 (Turner-21st) which would legalize the sale of explosive fireworks in Georgia.

fireworksThe Why:  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 8,700 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2012. Of these:

  • 30% of people injured by fireworks in 2012 were under 15 years old.
  • 46% of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were to youth under 20 years old.
  • The U.S. Fire Administration’s recommendation:  “The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home – period. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.”

The Message:  “Please vote NO on both HB 110 and HB 15 when each comes before the House Regulated Industry Committee.  There were 8700 fireworks related injuries treated in hospitals in the US in 2012.  Youth under 20 make up 46% of that number and children under 15 make up 30% of those injuries.  We do not need to increase the chance that children will suffer serious burns, lacerations or other injuries to their hands and fingers, legs, eyes, faces and ears.  Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.”

The How:  Click here  for contact information for the members of the Georgia House Regulated Industries Committee.

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