The Statesboro Fire Department, in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association, has issued a Fireworks Safety Warning for the Fourth of July.

Fireworks are very popular on the Fourth of July. However, the only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show.

It is important to understand that fireworks are not safe in the hands of consumers. It is important to be mindful of fireworks safety.

Fireworks cause thousands of injuries each year.

A few ideas to get into the patriotic spirit, without fireworks:

  1. Use glow sticks, they glow in the dark and are a safe alternative to a sparkler. Fun for
    all ages.
  2. Loud and proud. Noise makers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local
    party supply stores or make your own.
  3. Outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector.
    Don’t forget the bug spray!
  4. Red, white and blue silly string…fun for all ages.
  5. Make a patriotic craft with the family.
  6. Throw a birthday party for the USA, and don’t forget
    the cake.

FACTS About Fireworks Safety

• More than 19,500 reported fires
are started by fireworks annually.

• Burns account for 44% of
the 9,100 injuries treated in
emergency rooms seen in the
month around July 4.

• Half of the fireworks injuries
seen at emergency rooms were
extremities: hand, finger, or leg.
One-third were to the eye or
other parts of the head.

• Children ages 10–14 had the
highest rate of fireworks injury,
with more than one-third (36%)
of the victims of fireworks injuries
under age 15.

• Sparklers account for roughly
one-quarter of emergency room
fireworks injuries.

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