Fire departments stress fireworks safety ahead of Fourth of July holiday

Fire Marshal: Firework safety needed especially in dry conditions

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's 2015 Fireworks Annual Report, an estimated 11,900 people were treated at USA hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, with children under 15 accounting for 26 percent of the injuries.

Allen said that it's important for people to fully understand which fireworks are banned by the state. "Injuries can include burns, as well as loss of vision, hearing, or extremities, and sometimes even death, which could be prevented by safe use of fireworks". Almost 50 percent of those injured are between the ages of 25-54, and one in five injury cases involve children under the age of 15.

The most reported area injured is hands and fingers, while head and face are second, Pinder said. "Fireworks can be extremely risky and cause extensive property damage", said the Vallejo Fire Department. It is illegal to ignite fireworks on public property - including streets and sidewalks - or school property, church property or another person's property without their express permission.

Citizens are reminded that possession of illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor crime. Brad Allen said that while the department has not found many people with illegal fireworks in recent years, they typically get a lot of calls about loud noises around the Fourth.

In the run up to the Fourth of July, fireworks are now on sale at licensed stands.

The 2017 OR firework sales season begins Tuesday, June 23 through July 6.

The Charlottesville Fire Department says the best way to enjoy them is by watching displays put on by trained and certified professionals. The official selling period for California starts on June 28 and ends on July 6, according to a document from firework retailer TNT. "People need to read and follow the instructions on the fireworks". There are numerous restrictions issued by various public safety agencies to ensure fireworks are both fun and safe.

Another reason is while we expect to hear a loud boom during a firework show, dogs do not and can be very startled.

Point fireworks away from people, homes, trees and combustible materials.

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In the case a fire erupts due to the improper use of fireworks or other emergencies, fire crews say they're ready.

Those living in the restricted areas who wish to still light fireworks may do so at Sertoma Park, Exchange Park, Fort Utah Park, Footprinters Park, Provost Park and Kiwanis Park.

~Place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.

Never let children play with or light fireworks.

He also suggested wearing safety glasses to protect your eyes when setting off fireworks.

Every year, explosives experts show what can go wrong when homemade fireworks find their way into the hands of a novice. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. MFD said sparklers alone account for more than one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing and can cause grass fires if thrown on the ground.

According to the organization, "dud" fireworks can also pose a hazard and should be submerged in water after waiting for 20 minutes.

Don't ever bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.

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