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.
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
·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