The Springfield Fire Department is again reminding citizens that it’s illegal in the city of Springfield to store, sell, manufacture, discharge, or even possess and handle fireworks.
Novelty items, such as snappers, party poppers, and some sparklers are permitted inside city limits. SFD officials warn, though, that even sparklers can be incredibly dangerous in inexperienced hands.
“Sparklers burn at temperatures up to 2,000 degrees and are the leading cause of injuries around July 4,” says Fire Chief David Pennington. “Children should be educated on how to avoid injury when using sparklers and should use them only when supervised by adults.”
The National Fire Protection Agency says fireworks cause close to 18,500 fires every year, including 1,300 house fires and 300 vehicle fires.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- U.S. hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks-related injuries.
- Fireworks related injuries sustained, 70% male, 30% female.
- Children 10-14 years of age had the highest estimated rate of emergency department-treated, fireworks related injuries.
- Body parts most often injured: hands/fingers (31%), head/face/ears (22%), legs (17%), eyes (14%), and arms (6%).
- 53% of emergency department-treated injuries were burns most common to hands, fingers, arms.
- Sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room fireworks injuries.
- About two in five fires started by fireworks each year are reported on Independence Day.
Both the Springfield Police and Fire Departments enforce the city’s ordinance on fireworks. Fireworks are confiscated and anyone using them could face fines of up to $500.