Fire Department offers important Fourth of July reminders


"Independence Day weekend is a great time to gather with family and friends and celebrate", Acting State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell said.

The Firemen's Association of the State of NY urges New Yorkers to enjoy a professional fireworks display, rather than attempt to use these unsafe devices themselves. "While pretty, fireworks can be very, very risky". Parents don't realize that young children can suffer injuries from sparklers.

Although fireworks are fun, they are also hazardous.

Check with your local town hall, municipality, or your local newspaper to find scheduled fireworks displays in your area.

Since 1999, the firework-related injuries in the country have been between 8,500 and 10,500 with an average of 3.2 people injured per 100,000 people annually.

Fireworks pose a significant threat of injury to the user and to innocent bystanders. In 2014, USA hospital emergency rooms treated approximately 10,500 individuals for fireworks related injuries.

Both of them also say people should never drink alcohol while using fireworks.

Homemade and altered fireworks accounted for 21 percent of firework injuries. They can burn at about 2,000 degrees, according to the consumer public safety commission, and are a top cause of burns around the Fourth of July.

Never alter or take apart fireworks, never reignite malfunctioning fireworks or light fireworks with loose fuses or leaking powder.

Firefighters and firework sellers list a number of tips for people to stay safe. Howerter said he has seen patients who suffered fractured bones, had arms and legs blown off and one person almost split in half by fireworks. "It is by far the safest way to enjoy them", said Carli.

Anyone who starts a fire with fireworks, even accidentally, may be held liable for fire suppression costs and property damage costs.

- Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves and flammable materials.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

"We hope everyone will comply with the city's municipal code and have a safe and full-filled Fourth of July", Riviere said. "Consumer fireworks are unsafe and the risks to personal safety and the safety of the community are significant", says Lt. Brian Gamble, Vice President of the Professional Firefighters of Lake County.