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Fire Department Reminds Citizens Of Firework Safety

Jul. 3

Cincinnati Fire Department Reminds Citizens Of Firework Safety

The Cincinnati Fire Department is reminding citizens to think safety first when it comes to the use of fireworks.

Fireworks are too risky for amateurs; leave fireworks to the professionals.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • In 2011, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,600 people for fireworks related injuries; 61 percent of 2011 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 34 percent were to the head.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Injuries from the intense heat of fireworks typically harm eyes, hands, arms or legs causing permanent scarring, loss of vision, dismemberment and even death. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports 8,700 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries in 2012. Children under the age of 15 accounted for 30% of the injuries.

Please keep in mind the Ohio Fire Code has placed restrictions on the public use and sale of fireworks. For example, it stipulates: "No person shall construct a retail display nor offer for sale explosives, explosive materials, or fireworks upon highways, sidewalks, public property, or in assembly or educational occupancies."

In addition, Ohio and Cincinnati Fire Codes have established qualifications for operators firing fireworks. In the City limits, only exhibitors licensed by the State of Ohio may fire fireworks.

The Cincinnati Fire Prevention Code states: "The person in actual charge of the firing of fireworks shall be able-bodied, not less than 21 years of age, competent for the task and have had not less than one year's experience as an assistant operator of such displays."

These codes and others restrict the use and sale of fireworks.

Adherence to fire codes will serve to protect individuals from harm.

Amateur use of fireworks can be disastrous; please leave fireworks to the professionals.

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