Stay safe this Halloween!
- Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.
- In 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 41% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one-quarter (26%) of the estimated 2015 injuries. These injury estimates were obtained or derived from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2015 Fireworks Annual Report by Yongling Tu.
If you still want to light fireworks.. find out if it’s legal where you are.
Many cities require individuals to obtain a permit before purchasing fireworks, and a separate permit to set them off. Some cities have very strict laws that even prohibit anyone from having fireworks in their possession. Keep in mind, not all retailers are permitted to be selling fireworks either, so make sure they have a permit to sell fireworks as well.
Think sparklers are ok? Sparklers are usually not seen as dangerous, but can burn up to 650 degrees Celsius. In an accident, sparklers can lead to burns and other lacerations, as well as ignite clothing and other flammable materials. Like fireworks, sparklers should be kept out of the hands of children. One third of injuries associated with fireworks have been due to illegal explosives or homemade fireworks, so avoid these as well!
It’s Not Time to Get Close and Personal: Never light fireworks while holding them in your hand – make sure you plant them in a pail of sand or dirt and stand as far back as possible. Have fire-resistant gloves, protective goggles, and ear plugs on before you start. Adults should be the only ones handling fireworks, and if you are wearing a costume while setting them off, make sure the costume is non-flammable.
We want everyone to have a very safe and happy Halloween, so please be careful!