More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year, according to the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY).
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), thousands of people are injured while using consumer fireworks every July 4 holiday. The risk of fireworks injury is two-and-a-half times as high for children ages 10–14 as for the general population.
“Leave the fireworks to the professionals and attend a locally-sponsored display in your neighborhood,” said FASNY President Jim Burns. “Attending public fireworks displays is the safest way to celebrate the Fourth of July.”
Even sparklers can be very dangerous. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns, FASNY officials say.
Fire officials urge residents to always follow these safety tips:
• The safest and best way to avoid injury is to view fireworks displays by trained professionals.
• Obey and respect any and all public safety barriers set up around the site of a professional fireworks show.
• Resist the temptation to get close to the firing site. Often, the best view of a professional display is from a quarter of a mile or more away.
• Leave your pets at home - the loud noise can scare animals and damage their hearing.
• Do not possess or shoot off fireworks on. Besides potential injury risks, fireworks are illegal in New York.
• Do not pick up or attempt to re-light used fireworks – they may still be active and cause serious burns or injury.
Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.