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News | July 1, 2021

Fireworks safety message from DLA Installation Management Susquehanna

By Fred Smith, DLA Installation Management Susquehanna, Assistant Fire Chief of Training and Prevention

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, the only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show. These shows are returning this year after being cancelled last year. Fireworks are simply not safe in the hands of consumers and cause thousands of injuries each year.

Ideas to share the patriotic sprit without fireworks:

  • Use glow sticks, they glow in the dark and are a safer alternative to sparklers and they last longer. Fun for all ages.
  • Loud and proud. Noise makers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at party supply stores or make your own.
  • Host an outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector. Don’t forget the bug spray!
  • Purchase red, white, and blue silly string.
  • Make a patriotic craft with the family.
  • Throw a birthday party for the USA and don’t forget the cake.

Facts -- 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 of July. 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 of the victims of fireworks injuries under age 15.

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

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