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Leave Fireworks to Experts This 4th of July

Fireworks safety

The Raleigh Fire Department recommends that you do not use fireworks. They can result in injuries, deaths and property damage. 

In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees which is hot enough to melt some metals and account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries, according to National Fire Protection Association.  

City Fireworks Show

Instead of having your own fireworks show you can participate in a local event. The City of Raleigh will host a fireworks celebration on July 4 at Carter-Finley area on Sunday night. Gates open at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Learn more

Fireworks Safety Tips

Let the professionals handle fireworks and attend fireworks display this Independence Day. However, if you do decide to use fireworks please follow these safety tips.

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

You can see more Fireworks Safety Tips at www.cpsc.gov/fireworks

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