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’Tis the season for fireworks and time for some safety reminders.
Last year, random personal use of fireworks and related noise, vandalism, illegal sales and air quality concerns plagued the nation – not just on the Fourth of July, but in the months and weeks leading up to and after the holiday. Excessive use of fireworks was largely attributed to COVID-19 isolation, the need to “blow off steam” and the cancellation of professional displays.
People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or sensitive hearing often find it particularly stressful to hear firecrackers going off in their neighborhood. Sudden, loud noises can also frighten household pets.
On average in the U.S., about 230 people, many of them children, visit the emergency room daily for fireworks-related injuries in the weeks before and after July 4. Most injuries are to the hands, fingers and eyes. In addition, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires and 300 vehicle fires.
This year professional fireworks displays are back on tap in many communities, but the popularity of individual consumer use may not have significantly waned. Consequently, law enforcement agencies in jurisdictions that prohibit or restrict personal use of fireworks have announced plans to protect residents and penalize offenders, which may include holding property owners responsible for illegal activity. In some cases, authorities are attempting to shut down online sales platforms for fireworks that do not meet safety standards.
Here are 10 fireworks use and safety tips:
Have a safe and sane Fourth!
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