The Los Angeles County Fire Department wants to remind Fourth of July celebrators that it is safer to watch fireworks displays at a public show instead of using them at your home.
“Let’s face it — kids are too cute and innocent to expose to the potential horrors of home fireworks. First, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns, loss of hearing, even blindness can be the lasting memories of what begins as a holiday celebration,” noted the department-supported website safejuly4th.org.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that in 2014, about 10,500 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks, according to the website. Sixty-seven percent of these estimated injuries occurred in a one-month special study period (June 20, 2014 – July 20, 2014) around July 4.
During the 2014 special study, more than half of the fireworks related injuries were burns. Most of the injuries involved hands and fingers, the head (including face, eyes, and ears), legs and arms. Children under the age of 15 years old accounted for 35 percent of the estimated injuries.
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that fireworks cause an average of 20,000 reported fires every year.
On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire, the website stated.
The Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch will free festival and fireworks display, beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.thesheperd.org.
A complete listing of public fireworks shows can be found at www.safejuly4th.org.