Manhattan Fire Department Offers Fireworks Safety Reminder for Independence Day

By Ryan Duey

With fireworks sales opening up around the area, Independence Day festivities are just around the corner.

Many Americans associate Fourth of July celebrations with fireworks. Fireworks seem festive and harmless, but can be dangerous to you and your family.

The only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show. Consumer fireworks pose a risk for burns, serious injuries, and fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Consumer fireworks pose a risk for burns, serious injuries, and fires. In 2021, approximately 12,000 fires were caused by fireworks, resulting in 29 civilian fire injuries and $59 million in property damage in the United States. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2022 Fireworks Annual Report identified 11 fireworks-related deaths and estimates there were approximately 10,200 emergency room visits due to fireworks injuries. Children under 15 account for approximately a third of the reported fireworks injuries.

Some safe alternate ways to celebrate Independence Day are:

· Using glow sticks, silly string, and noisemakers to celebrate.

· Make patriotic crafts and decorations with your family.

· Throwing a birthday party for the USA!

Other fireworks safety tips include:

· Fireworks only should be discharged under adult supervision.

· Always read the fireworks label for proper firing instructions.

· Use fireworks only in a clear area, away from houses, buildings, and dry grass.

· Fireworks should not be ignited in glass or metal containers.

· Never hold fireworks in your hand when lighting them.

· Keep observers at a safe distance.

· Have a bucket of water, garden hose, or fire extinguisher available in the immediate area.

· Soak used fireworks overnight in a bucket of water before disposal.

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