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Think safety when using fireworks

Think safety when using fireworks

With Independence Day quickly approaching, it is legal to purchase and use certain types of fireworks within the state of Arizona. The consumer fireworks that are legal in Arizona are as follows: ground and hand-held sparkling devices; cylindrical fountains; illuminating torches; wheels; ground spinners; flitter sparklers; toy smoke devices; wire sparklers; and dipped sticks. 

The consumer fireworks that continue to be illegal for use in Arizona are sky rockets/bottle rockets, firecrackers, reloadable shell devices, aerials and single-tube devices that are shot up into the air.

Fireworks will be sold in stores throughout the Town of Queen Creek, but the Town has an ordinance that restricts the use of fireworks to July 3, 4, 5, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 within the Town limits. It is important to know that consumer fireworks are allowed only on private property and a person(s) who use, discharge or ignite permissible consumer fireworks are responsible and liable for expenses as a result of any emergency response that is required by such use, discharge or ignition per the Town Code.

Fireworks Safety Tips from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don't realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light one item at a time then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.

Fireworks Injuries

  • Two of five people (39%) injured by fireworks were under the age of 15.
  • The risk of fireworks injuries was highest for children ages 5-14 with more than twice the risk for the general population.
  • Sparklers, fountains and novelties alone accounted for 43% of the emergency room fireworks injuries in 2010.

Please remember during your times of celebration that fireworks are dangerous. Attend a fireworks display that is put on by a professional. For the latest news and information about the Queen Creek Fire Department visit www.facebook.com/qcfire.

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