Friday, June 15, 2012

Fireworks Generate Temps in Excess of 1200 F

July 4th is almost here.  NOW is the time to educate people about the risks of private fireworks!!

According to the NFPA, private fireworks generate temps in excess of 1200 degrees F.  So the risk of starting a fire is real, on top of this year's being an already active wildfire season.

In a typical year (in the US):
  • July 4th is the day on which the greatest number of fires are reported
  • 40% of fires reported on July 4th are caused by fireworks
In 2010 (in the US):
  • fireworks caused 15,500 reported fires, resulting in...
    • 1,100 structure fires
    • 300 vehicle fires
    • 8 reported deaths
    • $36 million in direct property damage
But fireworks also cause EMS calls, a lot of them!  EMTs are busy already, fireworks just add to the load.

In 2010 (in the US):
  • 8,800 people went to the ER for fireworks-related injuries
    • 52% were burns
    • 21% were contusions and lacerations
  • 40% of people injured were less than 15 yrs old
  • Sparklers, fountains and novelties accounted for 43% of the injuries
Prepare now by (1) educating the public (2) equipping your department with the right firefighting gear (3) and stocking up on enough first aid supplies

Have a safe 4th of July!!

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