Stay Safe this Fourth of July

Monday, 30 June 2008

The Fourth of July is a holiday that many Americans celebrate with tasty barbecues, outdoor activities, and firework displays. While this time is set aside each year to celebrate independence and freedom, residents must take personal responsibility and preventative measures to help keep our communities safe from the increased dangers of this holiday.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 11 deaths associated with fireworks during 2007. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,800 injuries during the 2007 calendar year, with an estimated 6,300 fireworks-related injuries treated during the one month period between June 22 and July 22, 2007. Children under 15 suffered about 42% of total fireworks-related injuries.

Fire Corps members can help alleviate these risks by educating their friends, families, and neighbors about important holiday safety messages related to outdoor cooking, water safety, and fireworks. Below are links to tools, resources, and materials your Fire Corps team can use to help keep our communities safe during the Fourth of July holiday, as well as all summer long.

Firework Dangers from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

The NFPA provides facts and figures, reports, and testimonials from individuals affected by fireworks. This site also provides a helpful map and directory of state-by-state fireworks control laws from the American Pyrotechnics Association.

Fireworks and Outdoor Cooking Fire Safety from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)

The USFA has compiled statistics and safety messages to educate the public about the dangers of fireworks and outdoor cooking. This site also provides downloadable materials you can use to increase awareness in your community.

Water Safety Tips from the American Red Cross

These general water safety tips will help you stay safe in, on, and around the water.

Summer Safety Tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

CPSC warns that while summer means fun in the sun, it also is the time of year consumers are most likely to be injured. This article provides general safety tips pertaining to outdoor activities or preventing home injuries during the summer months.

Fourth of July Fire Safety from the VA Department of Fire Programs (VDFP)

To ensure everyone enjoys an injury-free, fire safe Fourth of July, the Virginia Department of Fire Programs urges all citizens to consider various preventative and safety measures outlined in this tip sheet.

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