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Contact: Kimberly J. Evans
555 Wright Way
Carson City, Nevada 89711
(702) 684-4554

NEWS FROM: Fire Marshal 99-134

July 4th Fireworks Safety

Fire Marshal provides valuable information for a safe holiday

The State Fire Marshal recommends that the safest way to enjoy fireworks this 4th of July is to attend an outdoor public display put on by professional pyro technicians. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), since 1995, more than 11,000 people in the US have suffered severe injuries as a result of fireworks. These injuries include: burns, lacerations, amputations and blindness. In 1998, US hospital emergency rooms treated 8,500 people for injuries caused by fireworks.

Children between the ages of 10 and 14 are at the greatest risk from fireworks. Two of every five people injured by fireworks in 1998 were under 15 years old and almost two thirds were under 25.

Fireworks are illegal in most counties in Nevada. To check if fireworks are illegal in your county, please contact your local fire jurisdiction. Because pyrotechnic devices (fireworks) are designed to burn and explode, never pick up or touch found fireworks. Report them to the your local fire jurisdiction. Additionally, many fires have been started by individuals not knowing the limitations for the devices being used.

For further information on fire works safety, contact your local fire jurisdiction or the Fire Marshal's Office at 687-4290.