As we get ready to celebrate Independence Day, please remember to celebrate safely. The Plain Township Fire department would like to pass along the following safety reminders:
- The State of Ohio permits fireworks sales from licensed sales location within the state. However, discharge of fireworks in Ohio by a consumer is prohibited. All fireworks acquired by a consumer must be transported out of state within 48 hours.
- The exception to the law is the use of novelty items such as sparklers. The challenge with novelty items is the unknown risk for injury. Sparklers burn at an extremely high temperature. Water boils at 212°F, wood burns at 575°F, glass melts at 900°F and sparklers reach 1200°F.
- Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injures.
- Annually, more than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks. Burns account for 44% of the 9,100 injuries treated in emergency rooms on July 4th. Half of the fireworks injuries seen at emergency rooms were extremities: hand, finger, or leg. One-third were to the eye or other parts of the head. Children ages 10-14 had the highest rate of fireworks injury with more than one-third (36%) of the victims of fireworks injures under age 15.
The only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show. This year many public celebrations have been suspended or canceled. Keep your family healthy this year by choosing alternate ways to celebrate July 4th. Leave the fireworks to the professionals.
For more 4th of July safety tips, head to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website by clicking here.