posted at 2:12 pm Tue Jul 2nd, 2013 by (WherezIt_Staff)
As the Fourth of July approaches, the state of Vermont Division of Fire Safety are reminding Vermonters that fireworks are illegal in Vermont except for local permitted, supervised, public displays. Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.
Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.
In Vermont, permits for fireworks displays are required in all towns. a permit must be obtained from local officials after it is determined by the local fire and police chiefs that the fireworks display will be handled by a competent operator in a manner that will not be hazardous to people or property. After the permit has been granted, sales, possession, and use of fireworks for that display are lawful. Applications for permits must be made at least 15 days in advance of the fireworks display.
Fireworks can quickly turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when youngsters and adults are injured while using fireworks. Clearly, fireworks are unpredictable and are capable of devastating and fatal injuries. The Division of Fire Safety and your local Fire and Rescue personnel want to keep everyone safe by recommending that citizens enjoy fireworks at a public display. Public displays are conducted by trained professionals and are operated under controlled settings and regulations.
Even legal sparklers and smoke devices can be dangerous, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause severe third-degree burns. Consumers who decide to use legal sparklers and smoke devices in Vermont are urged to take these safety steps.
* Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
Never allow young children to play with or ignite sparklers. Parents may not realize that young children often suffer injuries from sparklers.
Always have an adult closely supervise activities.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
Never point or throw sparklers at another person.
Light one at a time, then hold sparklers away from your body and at arm's length.
Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
After sparklers complete their burning, Immerse burned sparklers in a bucket of water and discard wands when cool.
For additional information contact your local fire department or the Vermont Division of Fire Safety at (800) 640-2106, or visit www.firesafety.vermont.gov a number of fireworks safety resources are also available at www.nfpa.org/fireworks .
Barre, VT 05641 (Set as Local)
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)