MCFRS News Release

S O S - Summer of Safety

All Fireworks are Illegal in Montgomery County

Every year many Montgomery County residents look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. The American tradition of parades, cookouts and fireworks helps us celebrate our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings potential for fires and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor grills. Annually more than 8,000 Americans are injured by fireworks and grill fires. More than half these injuries occur during the first week of July.

Just a reminder – ALL fireworks are illegal in Montgomery County.

Nationally, improper use of fireworks causes more than 6,000 fires and more than $8 million in damage. Fortunately, in Montgomery County the frequency of fires started by fireworks is minimal because most people abide by the law – all fireworks are illegal, however the potential always exists. Although some people may believe that fireworks are relatively safe with proper and careful usage, ALL fireworks are illegal in Montgomery County. 

Fireworks present substantial risks that can result in damage to property and, more importantly, cause ear and eye injuries, amputations, severe burns and death. In fact, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), firecrackers experienced at close range can damage hearing permanently in an instant.

The men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service urge everyone to put safety first when celebrating this Fourth of July. Things can go wrong very fast when you are exposed to fireworks. Children, especially, can be injured quickly. Kids typically not only like to watch, but they also want to touch, feel, and light the fireworks.

Rather than incurring any risks, we prefer that you celebrate and enjoy the holiday without lighting your own fireworks. Instead, attend one of the many public fireworks displays that are provided throughout the metro area. At these displays, certified and licensed pyrotechnic technicians are trained and experienced in the proper use of fireworks and will provide a safe, yet exciting show.

The following tips should help make a public fireworks display safer and more enjoyable:

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Again, the best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays put on by professionals who know how to safely handle fireworks.

 

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