July 2014 - Code Compliance


Fireworks and Safety…

July 1, 2014

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Before purchasing fireworks to launch at the backyard family get together on July 1st, keep in mind that hand held sparklers burn at 650 0C while water boils at 100 0C and glass melts at 480 0C.

Fireworks and sparklers may also be prohibited in your municipality so you should check with your local authority having jurisdiction.

The best way to enjoy fireworks is by attending a professional fireworks display where the fireworks are under a controlled setting and monitored by public safety officials.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that nearly 90 percent of emergency room visits involving fireworks-related injuries are caused by fireworks that consumers are permitted to use. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children between the ages of 5 and 19 and adults between the ages of 25 and 44.

 

Safety tips include:

      • Keeping a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that do not go off;
      • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks;
      • Be sure all people are out of range before lighting fireworks;
      • Do not light fireworks in a container (especially glass or metal containers);
      • Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas;
      • Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks; and
      • Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.

 

The most common cause of fireworks related injuries is people not maintaining a safe zone when they are near lit fireworks and not maintaining a water source.