Firefighters warn residents of fireworks use

As the Fourth of July celebrations approach, the Mount Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department is reminding residents about the risk of serious injury associated with fireworks use.

The department said every year, preventable accidents occur, resulting in burn injuries, property damage, and even loss of life. According to a report by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, between 2008 and 2023, injuries from fireworks have increased overall. In 2023, at least eight people died from fireworks-related incidents, and an estimated 9,700 were injured in incidents involving fireworks.

The safest way to enjoy this Fourth of July is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals.
The firefighters said if using novelty fireworks, please be sure to follow these important safety tips:

•              Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.

•              Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.

•              Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

•              Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.

•              Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

•              Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

•              Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

•              Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.

•              After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.

Residents are also reminded to maintain working smoke alarms and regularly practice a home escape plan in case of fire or other emergency.

Erin Hill – Gadsden County News Service


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