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FIREWORKS are spectacular to watch, but can be extremely dangerous in the hands of amateurs. When celebrating the Fourth of July, St. Tammany Fire District # 1 Fire Prevention Chief Robby Marquette, urges families to attend public fireworks displays put on by professionals who follow state fire codes. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), whose mission is to increase fire safety worldwide, strongly supports local fire department efforts to limit and educate the general public use and handling of fireworks due to the unpredictable nature of such materials. “Playing with fireworks invites disaster”, says Fire Prevention Chief Marquette. “It’s just not worth the risk. As parents and adults, we have a responsibility to protect our children. While most parents work year round to keep their children safe, if they shoot fireworks off in their yards once a year, they are placing their children at substantial risk“, says Marquette. Statistics from NFPA show that in 2015, there were an estimated 11,900 injuries treated in the U.S. Hospital Emergency Departments. • More than one-quarter (28%) of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on Independence Day. Almost half (47%) of the reported fires on the Fourth of July were started by fireworks. • Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 26 percent of the estimated 2015 injuries. If you choose to use fireworks, practice extreme caution and remember these safety guidelines recommended by National SAFE KIDS and NFPA and local safety advocates. • ONLY ADULTS SHOULD HANDLE FIREWORKS. Children should leave the area immediately if their friends are using fireworks. • DISCUSS SAFETY PROCEDURES WITH YOUR CHILDREN. Teach children to “stop, drop, and roll” if their clothes catch fire and make sure they know how to call 911. • READ LABELS CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. By law, all fireworks must carry a warning label describing necessary safety precautions. More… • NEVER USE FIREWORKS INDOORS • BE SURE SPECTATORS ARE OUT OF RANGE BEFORE LIGHTING FIREWORKS. • NEVER AIM OR THROW FIREWORKS AT ANOTHER PERSON. • NEVER PLACE YOUR FACE OR ANY OTHER BODY PART OVER FIREWORKS. • LEAVE PIECES OF FIREWORKS ON THE GROUND AFTER AN EVENT. SOME MAY STILL BE IGNITED AND CAN EXPLODE. • NEVER CARRY FIREWORKS IN YOUR POCKET. • ONLY LIGHT FIREWORKS ON SMOOTH, FLAT SURFACES AWAY FROM HOUSES, DRY LEAVES AND FLAMMABLE MATERIALS. • SPARKLERS ARE NOT TOYS. THEY CAN REACH 2,000° FAHRENHEIT--HOT ENOUGH TO MELT SOME METALS. If you choose to use fireworks, follow local fireworks laws; • FIREWORKS SALE AND USAGE IS AND HAS BEEN BANNED INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF SLIDELL. • STATE LAW PROHIBITS ANYONE FROM OFFERING TO SELL OR SELLING FIREWORKS TO ANY CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF FIFTEEN Marquette offers the following suggestions to safeguard your property from potential firework related damage: • Remove all pine straw and dry leave accumulations from roof tops and rain gutters. • Reduce your potential for exposure by cleaning the areas next to any structures on your property. • Wet down your roof tops and soak dry vegetation. • Walk around and do a visual inspection of your property prior to retiring for the night. • Please check smoke detectors again, to further ensure the safety of your family. For more information about St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1 visit us at www.slidellfire.org or follow us on Facebook - St. Tammany Fire District #1 and Twitter - @SlidellFire_PIO
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