It won’t happen to me.
I’m not careless, I’m careful….it’ll be fine.
No one who decides to put on their own July 4th fireworks show thinks they are going to get hurt. And yet, according to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report – four people were killed and more than 11,000 others were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents last year.
And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, thousands were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers.
More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year. On a typical Fourth of July, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Each year, fireworks cause on average 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires resulting in thousands of injuries.
The National Safety Council advises everyone to stay away from all consumer fireworks and to only enjoy fireworks at a public display conducted by professionals.
Fox 10 News in Phoenix quoted Brian Scholl, fire inspector with the Phoenix Fire Department, as saying:
“Even though you can buy the permissible fireworks in the store, they’re still very dangerous,” he said. “They can actually burn you or catch something on fire.”
Scholl adds that just because some are deemed legal doesn’t mean they’re safe and keep in mind not all fireworks are created equal.
“The permissible fireworks you find in the store and the tents… if it goes up in the air and it explodes, it is illegal,” he said.
ABC 15 added, “Fireworks that are legal to buy in the state are: ground sparklers, sparklers, fountains, ground spinners, wheels, illuminating torches, flitter sparklers; firefighters say basically anything that stays on the ground.”
The Phoenix Fire Department posted the infographic below on fireworks injuries and how to avoid them.
AzCentral.com lists numerous events were you and your family can enjoy a fireworks show both tonight and tomorrow. Those events include:
- Third of July Fireworks Bash in Cave Creek
- Anthem Independence Day Celebration
- Scottsdale 4th of July
- Tempe Town Lake Festival, and
- Fabulous Phoenix 4th where more than 100,000 people are expected.
It might be tempting to try to host your own neighborhood fireworks show, but you’re better off leaving the big bangs to the experts. There are spectacular 4th of July celebrations planned all over our state, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one near you. Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday and we hope you will continue to partner with us as we work toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!