Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fireworks Safety Advisory

From our friends at Nassau County Police:

FIREWORKS SAFETY ADVISORY

The Fourth of July, our nation’s birthday, is meant to be a fun and safe holiday.  County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Commissioner Thomas V. Dale would like to remind the residents of Nassau County that fireworks awareness and prevention are important issues to discuss with your family.  It is important to mention that all fireworks are illegal in the State of New York.  The possession, use, or sale of fireworks, including sparklers, is a violation of New York State Penal Law, and may be punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony.  Parents should talk with their children about the destructive outcomes that can occur from playing with fireworks. 

All fireworks including sparklers can be extremely harmful. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Fireworks statistics show that…

In 2012, an estimated 8,700 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries in the United States and six were killed. 

60% of these injuries occurred during the month surrounding July 4th.

·    Over half of these reported injuries involved burns to the hands, head and face.
·    Over 12% of all consumer fireworks injuries were caused by sparklers burning hands and legs, with the majority of these injuries occurring to young children.
·    About 1,000 reported injuries involved sparklers and bottle rockets, fireworks that are frequently and incorrectly considered safe for children.
·    Most of these injuries happen at the victims’ homes.
·    Fireworks can cause life threatening residential fires.

There are many licensed professionals that perform fireworks presentations for the public.  Attending a fireworks display is a fun and safe way to enjoy the holiday.  County Executive Mangano and Commissioner Dale would like to wish the residents of Nassau County a happy and safe July Fourth holiday.

For more information about fireworks safety visit fireworkssafety.org.