- In 2011 Fireworks caused an estimated 18,000 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, and $32 million in direct property damage. In 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries; There has been an estimated 30% rise in 2014.
- On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
- With these numbers, “leave it to the professionals” reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Go to a professional fireworks show. We want you to enjoy the 4th of July, but statistics show the odds may be against you!
- For additional fireworks safety and to determine if fireworks are allowed in your community contact your local fire department and take the fireworks safety quiz: www.fireworkssafety.org
Happy 4th of July – Be Safe and Be Sane!
Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna