The Bullhead City Fire Department would like to remind citizens that most firework-related fires begin in dry brush and spread to structures and even automobiles. Others begin when fireworks, such as a bottle rocket, land on a roof and ignite combustibles.

A safe way to enjoy your Fourth of July celebration is by attending a public firework display conducted by professionals.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) an estimated 8,000 firework-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during a one-month period between June 19, 2015, and July 19, 2015.

An alarming sixty-five percent of emergency department-treated injuries were burn related. Body parts reported as most injured were hands and fingers (an estimated 32 percent); head, face, and ears (an estimated 25 percent); eyes (an estimated 16 percent); legs (an estimated 15 percent); and arms (an estimated 4 percent).

Young adults 15 to 19 years of age had the highest estimated rate of emergency department-treated, firework-related injuries (6.1 injuries per 100,000 people). Children 5 to 9 years of age had the second highest estimated rate (4.2 injuries per 100,000 people).

Many parents remain unaware of the potential dangers of fireworks especially when it comes to sparklers. A sparkler burns at a temperature of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The touch of a lit sparkler can ignite a child’s clothing, causing third-degree burns within seconds.

If you choose to use fireworks, please remember to follow the following safety guidelines

• Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

• Only adults should handle fireworks

• Keep a bucket of water, a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby

• Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned

• Keep spectators out of range before lighting fireworks

Reminder: Per Bullhead City ordinance, the use of permissible fireworks is only allowed from June 24th through July 6th. (and, from December 24th through January 3rd). According to Arizona State Statute aerial fireworks (including bottle rockets and sky rockets or fireworks that explode are not legal in the state of Arizona).

The use of any firework at the Colorado River Nature Center is prohibited at all times.

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