LBFD Issues Information on Fireworks Safety
2013-07-02 · By Editor
Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach and can be dangerous, yet every year people take needless risks when they celebrate the Fourth of July. Even the so-called Safe and Sane fireworks and sparklers can be harmful. Fireworks are a traditional part of America’s Fourth of July celebration. Unfortunately, use of store-bought, ground-based fireworks can often result in serious burns, hearing loss and other injuries.
The NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) reports the following statistics for 2011:
In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires
- including 1,200 total structure fires
- 400 vehicle fires
- 16,300 outside and other fires
These fires resulted in:
- eight reported civilian deaths
- 40 civilian injuries
- an estimated $32 million in direct property damage
- In 2011, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,600 people for fireworks related injuries
- 61% of 2010 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the head.
- The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-19, and adults 25-44, in an atypical year of a very comparable risk across much of the population.
- On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
For more information on fireworks safety please visit www.nfpa.org and search for “fireworks”
The National Council on Fireworks Safety does report that for the past several years, there has been a decreasing trend in the fireworks injury rates. A major reason has been the increasing popularity of professional fireworks shows, which residents are encouraged to attend.
Check www.longbeach.gov or your local newspaper for more information, and leave fireworks shows to the professionals.