Firefighters say ‘leave fireworks to the professionals’

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is urging New Yorkers to enjoy a professional fireworks display, rather than attempt to put on a fireworks display themselves.

Sparklers and small fireworks are now legal in all but one of the 11 counties in the Capital Region, Columbia County being the exception.

Even though certain fireworks are now available to sell, the FASNY says the fact remains that they are extremely dangerous and should only be used by those with the proper training and certification.

“Fireworks, along with sparklers and other related devices, are extremely dangerous,” says FASNY President Robert McConville. “They can easily cause serious injuries and death if handled improperly, which is why FASNY urges all New Yorkers to let the professionals do their job, and to enjoy an official, permitted fireworks show.”

Although many people turn to sparklers as a safer alternative to fireworks, the FASNY says they can be just as dangerous. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), thousands of people are injured while using consumer fireworks every July 4. Children between the age of 10 and 14 are approximately two and a half times more likely to be injured by fireworks than members of the general population.

The U.S. consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 11 people died of fireworks-related accidents in 2014, and an estimated 10,500 injuries were treated in emergency departments nation-wide.

67% of those injuries occur surrounding the Fourth of July holiday.

For more information about fireworks safety visit: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/

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