The American traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season, especially our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July. However, fireworks can turn a joyful holiday into a painful memory when children and adults are injured while using fireworks.
It is estimated that 8,300 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks each year, with nearly half of those victims being under the age of 15. Approximately 50 percent of the injuries involve the hands, eyes, or head. Sparklers caused nearly 41% of those fireworks injuries, burning at temperatures over 1200 degrees, which can cause third degree burns.
Other problems that occur with fireworks are fires that can be started in grass, woods, and on residential homes. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:
- Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.
- To enjoy fireworks safely, watch them where they are professionally displayed.
It is legal to purchase fireworks in the City of East Ridge from approved businesses; however it is illegal to explode any type of fireworks inside the city limits of East Ridge at any time. For more information, please read the City’s Standard Fire Protection Code Chapter 5, sections 7-501,7-502, 7-503, 7-504, 7-505, 7-506
On behalf of the City of East Ridge, we would like to wish you and your family, a safe and happy holiday celebration of our nation’s birthday.