OSWEGO, NY– 4th of July weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for firefighters.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year and two out of five are fireworks related incidents.
Several injuries are also reported at this time of year due to fireworks.
The Oswego Fire Department advises that the best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional show.
“Consumer fireworks are dangerous and the risks to personal safety and the safety of the community are significant,” said Oswego Fire Chief Randy Griffin.
According to a 2015 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments annually.
Celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks, cookouts and community events can quickly turn to disaster if proper precautions are not taken.
Children are especially at risk on July 4.
Of those injured, 35 percent of victims with fireworks injuries were younger than 15.
Children should never play with fireworks.
Residents are reminded that while most fireworks are illegal in New York State, “sparkling devices” are allowed.
These are ground based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and/or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke.
Even these devices, such as sparklers can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and cause severe injuries.
Stay safe this weekend by leaving fireworks to the professionals.
We hope to see everyone at the Independence Day Parade and Fireworks on Sunday, July 7!
The Oswego Fire Department wishes you a joyous Independence Day.