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Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
Friday, June 29, 2007

 Fireworks

Titusville Fire Department urges our citizens to avoid using fireworks this 4th of July

In partnership with the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks and the National Fire Protection Association, the parents and sister of Michael Shannon (see insert below) are encouraging families to leave fireworks shows to the professionals.  “We assumed that if a product was on the market, it would be safe.  What we found is that there is no safe way to use consumer fireworks without a substantial risk.” says Robin Shannon, Michael’s mother. 

Titusville Fire and Emergency Services supports the position of N.F.P.A. and the other 22 nationwide health and medical organizations in urging our citizens to protect themselves and their family members by not purchasing or using consumer-use fireworks.  Based on the amount of time and quantities in use, fireworks pose a higher risk of fire death than any other consumer product.  “Families need to understand the risks involved with using even legal consumer fireworks,” says James M. Shannon, president and CEO of NFPA.  Consumer fireworks hurt many thousands of people and cause thousands of structural and vehicle fires.  Year after year we stand with physicians, firefighters, and fireworks victims, sounding warnings.  But injuries continue to occur.”

Five states have banned the use of fireworks by consumers.  Although not totally banned in Florida, the types of fireworks legally available for sale to consumers are regulated.  In simplistic language, they are only legal if they do not explode or do not propel into the air.  More complete listing of legal fireworks can be obtained through Florida State Fire Marshal's office.

Fireworks can result in severe burns, scars and disfigurement that can last a lifetime.  Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, i.e. sparklers, can reach temperatures above 1000°F, which can cause 3rd degree burns.  Children should never use fireworks and adults are urged to attend professional displays rather than using fireworks at home.  "Safe and sane fireworks don't exist," says Dr. John Hall, NFPA assistant vice president of Fire Analysis and Research.  "When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast, far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond."

Be safe this fourth of July—leave fireworks to the professionals!

Fireworks Statistics

Sources: www.nfpa.com

NFPA's Fireworks by John R. Hall, Jr., April 2007

 Michael Shannon

 FIREWORKS RESULT IN FAMILY TRAGEDY

Michael Shannon was a lively three-year-old during a July Fourth family celebration.  He never made it to his fourth birthday.  Michael was killed when a legal consumer firework tipped over and struck him in the head while he stood between his father's legs.  They were more than 40 feet away from the fireworks when the tragedy occurred.

National Fire Protection Association and Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks





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