The Brattleboro Fire Department urges all residents to be safe this Fourth of July. In Vermont all fireworks (not including sparklers and other novelty smoke devices) are illegal execpt for permitted, supervised public fireworks displays. Fireworks all too often result in serious burns, hearing loss and other injuries due to mis-use. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns.
Per National Fire Protection Association:
*In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 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, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
*In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of which were injuries to extremities and 31% were head injuries.
*The risk of fireworks injuries was highest for people ages 15 - 24, followed by children under 10.
*On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day. Fireworks account for two out of five of those fires. More than any other cause of fires.
The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks is a group of health and safety organizations coordinated by the NFPA, that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.
Stay safe this Fourth of July and enjoy the holiday. Any questions or concerns, contact the Brattleboro Fire Department at 254-4831.