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Firefighters: Leave Fireworks to Professionals

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From the City of Sparks:

In a typical year, Independence Holiday fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes of fire combined.  Sparks Fire Department encourages everyone to enjoy the holiday safely by leaving fireworks shows to the professionals.  “We’ve found that there is no safe way to use consumer fireworks without a substantial risk,” says Sparks Division Chief and Fire Marshal Bob King.
Remember that fireworks are illegal in Washoe County. Get caught, say local authorities, and you will be prosecuted.  

Injury and fire reports across the nation prove the risk.  Sparklers, fountains, and novelties account for 40-percent of all emergency-room fireworks injuries.  “Be aware,” warns Fire Marshal King, “That Sparklers reach temperatures of 1400 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt aluminum!”

About 10,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries every year; 40% of those injuries are to children aged 15 years or under. More than half of ER-fireworks injuries are burns, and eyes are the most commonly injured body part.    Prevent Blindness America cites the erratic flight path of bottle rockets as a tremendous risk. The explosive power of bottle rockets result in numerous injuries, preventing both children and adults from ever regaining normal vision.

Fireworks cause about 25,000 fires each year, resulting in $39 million in reported property damage (estimated 1800 structure fires and 700 vehicle fires).  This fire risk is especially high in our high-desert area of Northern Nevada, where erratic winds and homes that border heavy fuels and wildland areas are common.

“Families need to understand the risks involved with using even legal consumer fireworks,” says James M. Shannon, president and CEO of the National Fire Protection Association. “Year after year we stand with physicians, firefighters, and fireworks victims, sounding warnings. But injuries continue to occur.”

Get more information from the Sparks Fire Department Prevention Bureau online at (click on “Prevention”), or by phone at (775) 353-2266.  

From the City of Sparks
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