July 4th Fireworks & Fireworks Safety
With the the support of our sponsors, the Town of Black Mountain hosts an annual July 4th Fireworks Show at River Walk Park. The show begins at dusk. In the event of dangerous weather conditions alternate arrangements will be announced.
As you and your family celebrate, please keep in mind the following fireworks safety tips.
Leave Fireworks to the Experts
Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal but they are not safe.
According to the 2018 Fireworks Annual Report by the United States Consumer Project Safety Commission, during calendar year 2018, 5 people died and over 9,000 people were injured badly enough to require emergency room medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of the 9,000 people injured in calendar year 2018, between the dates of June 22, 2018 and July 22, 2018, there was an estimated 5,600 fireworks-related injuries. Of these 5,600 injuries, 36% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. 62% of injuries took place from June 22 to July 22. And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, an estimated 1,000 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers.
Sparklers Are Dangerous
Every year, young children can be found along parade routes and at festivals with sparklers in hand, but sparklers are a lot more dangerous than most people think.
Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries. Sparklers are attractive to pets who think the flashy light is a toy. Please keep sparklers and fireworks away from pets.
If You Choose to Use Legal Fireworks
If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks
- Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
- Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
- Never light them indoors
- Only use them away from people, animals, houses and flammable material
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person or animal
- Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
- Never ignite devices in a container
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
- Never use illegal fireworks
More information can be found here: 2018 Fireworks Annual Report by the United States Consumer Project Safety Commission
Consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.