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Richmond Fire Marshals Office Encourages Fireworks Safety On New Years Eve, Although It Is Illegal To Sell, Own or Have In Possession Any Fireworks Within The City Limits of Richmond.

Post Date:12/21/2018 6:30 AM

fireworks-    2019 Fireworks Safety For The New Year-

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. Each New Year's Eve, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks-devastating burns, injuries, fires, and even death.

Fireworks by the numbers:
-Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.

-In 2017, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 54% of those injuries were to the extremities and 36% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2017 injuries.

 People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:

-Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

-Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. 
-Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
-Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. 
-Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
-Never point or throw fireworks at another person. 
-Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in a metal or glass container.
-After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire. 
-Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol. 
-Most importantly, make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. It is illegal to sell, own, or have in your possession any fireworks within the city limits of Richmond. 

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