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The Tonawandas

July 3, 2014

Leave fireworks to the professionals

Tonawanda News — The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York would like to remind residents that fireworks are illegal to own or use by anyone other than licensed professionals in New York state.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, thousands of people are injured while using consumer fireworks every July Fourth holiday. In fact, 60 percent of all fireworks injuries occur during the 30 days surrounding the July Fourth holiday.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that in 2012, an estimated 8,700 consumers treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries. About 1,000 reported injuries involved sparklers and bottle rockets — fireworks that are frequently and incorrectly considered safe for young children.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York wants people to remember how dangerous sparklers actually are. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

In order to ensure a safe holiday, FASNY suggests that people obey and respect all public safety barriers around the site of a professional fireworks show, leaving pets at home to avoid scaring them or injuring their hearing, and not attempting to relight used fireworks that can be active and thus cause serious burns or injury.

“Leave the fireworks to the professionals and attend a locally-sponsored display in your neighborhood,” said FASNY President Jim Burns. “Attending public fireworks displays is the safest way to celebrate the Fourth of July.”

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