Officials Urge Public To Avoid Consumer Fireworks

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QUINCY, Mass.—Stressing the message that there is no safe way to use consumer fireworks, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released a new online video in advance of the Fourth of July holiday.

“Every year fire departments and emergency rooms must respond to the devastating consequences of consumer fireworks,” said James M. Shannon, president of NFPA. “This video is a way to go directly to consumers with an important message to help prevent injuries and fires.”

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According to NFPA research, there are far more U.S. fires reported on a typical Independence Day than on any other day, and fireworks account for more than half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. In 2008, fireworks caused an estimated 22,500 reported fires, including 1,400 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 20,600 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated $42 million in direct property damage.

Shannon said NFPA has had a longstanding position against the use of consumer fireworks and urges consumers to attend professional displays of fireworks. NFPA established the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks in 2002 to further that message. This new production is the latest video aimed directly at the public. It depicts headlines of fireworks tragedies from across the country and lists all of the consumer fireworks that cause fires and/or injuries each year. The video can be seen at http://www.nfpa.org/fireworks


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