PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

7/1/2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 07012014A
Subject:
Long Beach Fire Department's reminder on Firework Safety
Contact:
Will Nash
562-570-2516
will.nash@longbeach.gov
Firefighter / PIO
Long Beach Fire Department





LBFD’s reminder on Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach, and can be dangerous. Even the so-called Safe and Sane fireworks and sparklers can be harmful. These “store bought” ground-based fireworks can often results in serious burns, hearing loss and other injuries.

Fireworks are a traditional part of America’s Fourth of July celebration, yet every year people take needless risks when they celebrate the Fourth of July.

Here's a sobering statistical look at the dangers of fireworks:

  • On July 4th(in a typical year) fireworks account for 2 out of 5 of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire
  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including:
  • 1,200 structure fires
  • 400 vehicle fires
  • $32 million in direct property damage
  • In 2012, emergency rooms saw an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks-related injuries
  • 57% of the injuries were fireworks burns
  • 30% people injured by fireworks were under 15 years old
  • Males accounted for 74% of the injuries
  • Youth (15-24) followed by children under 10 had the most injuries
  • Sparklers, fountains and novelties accounted for 25% of the emergency room fireworks injuries in 2012

For more information on fireworks safety, please visit  www.nfpa.org and search for “fireworks”

The National Council on Fireworks Safety does report that for the past several years, there has been a decreasing trend in the fireworks injury rates. A major reason has been the increasing popularity of professional fireworks shows, which residents are encouraged to attend.

Leave fireworks shows to the professionals, and have a SAFE 4thof July