Be safe, smart with fireworks on holiday

Street Closures Planned for Macy's Fireworks Show

Street Closures Planned for Macy's Fireworks Show

Fireworks violations are Class 1 misdemeanors and may be punishable by a $2,500 fine, 12 months in jail, or both.

"Fireworks, including a thing as simple as a sparkler, cause serious injuries", said Lewiston Fire Inspector Paul Ouellette.

In Fairview, they are permitted from noon to 11 p.m. July 3, 4 and 5, they are permitted noon to 11 p.m. July 4 only in Spring Hill, and limited in Nolensville by the noise ordinance (11 p.m.). A patriotic program will start at 7 p.m. Fireworks kick off at 9 p.m.

On average, about 200 people will go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries each day around the Fourth of July holiday, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Henry County Fire Marshal Lisa Garrett said according to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause an average of nearly 18,500 fires per year, including structure, vehicle and outdoor brush fires. Purina dog behavior scientist Ragen Mcgowan says, "That one of the reasons is that dog's acute hearing makes them more sensitive to fireworks". Fireworks can not be used on public property such as in parks, on roads or alleys, near schools, or on government property.

CAL FIRE offers fireworks safety tips.

The cause? Investigators said fireworks shot off from a nearby field had struck a tree next to Klippert's home, setting the house ablaze.

Decades of tragic experience have proved that fireworks are too unsafe to be used by anyone but licensed professionals. "Proper parental or adult supervision is very important". Remember that alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time, so save your alcohol consumption for after the show.

To decrease the likelihood of being injured by fireworks, people should extinguish "dud" fireworks in water, wear goggles and avoid carrying explosives around with them, the department said.

♦ Never ignite devices in a container. It's also stressed to never re-light a faulty firework. Light one fireworks device at a time and retreat to a safe distance immediately. Never relight a firework that fails to explode. And when you are finished with a sparkler, put the wire that the chemicals were attached to in a bucket of water before disposing it. Never run with sparklers, throw them or hand off lit ones, according to the council.

The National Fire Protection Agency states children under the age of 15 accounts for 2/3 of all injuries and most of their injuries are from handling Sparklers, which are permissible in the state of Arizona.

Young children - Fireworks can be unsafe for young children.

Chief David Ortolano of the Dunkirk Police Department issued a recent statement, saying new laws enacted in recent years now carry more severe punishment for the possession, furnishing and sale of risky fireworks. Several fire departments, including York County, made short PSA videos to inform the public about the dangers of fireworks.

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