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Fire Safety

Fireworks Safety

Fireworks Safety

Provided by WV State Fire Marshal's Office

Summer celebrations are underway and West Virginians are busy with cookouts, family reunions, and community parades. Unfortunately, these celebrations can quickly turn to tragedy for families, especially when children and teenagers are killed or permanently injured by so-called "safe and sane" fireworks.

"ANY fireworks-type materials are dangerous. No one should fool themselves that items that are widely accepted to be "safe" truly are. Sparklers can burn hot enough to melt gold and cause third-degree burns. So why are we letting our children and grandchildren use them? We wouldn't hand them matches or lighters, and they don't burn as hot as sparklers."

Frightening Facts

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks consistently cause more damage to property than all other outdoor fire causes combined for the Fourth of July (day) in the United States.

How Can You Prevent Fireworks Injuries?

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office advises that the best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home—period. By far, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend an outdoor public display put on by specially trained pyrotechnic professionals.

Follow The Law!

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office wishes everyone a safe, happy summer season. But please remember: it's everyone's special responsibility to protect our young children and teenagers by ensuring their safety, especially when exposing them to amateur use of fireworks.

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Update: June 7, 2012

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