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Cincinnati Fire Department reminds citizens about Firework Safety

Jul. 4

Cincinnati Fire Department Reminds Citizens About Firework Safety

The Cincinnati Fire Department is encouraging all citizens to keep themselves and their loved ones safe during this upcoming holiday by adhering to fire codes relating to fireworks.

What should be an enjoyable experience for families and friends could turn into tragedy.

Annually, more than 8,000 Americans are injured by fireworks. More than half of these injuries occur during the first week of July.

  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,900 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
  • The risk of firework injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
  • 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.

Concerning the use of fireworks by citizens in the city of Cincinnati: The only fireworks that can be used by consumers are novelty fireworks, such as smoke items, snakes, snaps, toy trick novelties, and sparklers.

Parents are reminded of the dangers of children using sparklers, the devices burn at 1,200oF and result in third degree burns and other potential hazards.

All other fireworks can only be discharged in the City of Cincinnati by a licensed exhibitor.

These reminders will serve to protect individuals from harm. Fireworks are too risky for amateurs. Permanent scarring, loss of vision, and dismemberment all are too often the harsh realities of amateur fireworks use. Please stay safe!

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