Firework Safety

By: Lauren McKay
By: Lauren McKay

The 4th of July is a time to celebrate our independence and what better way to show your pride and patriotism than setting off fireworks?But the same bright colors that light up the sky and cause numerous ooos and aaas are also very dangerous. "There are no fireworks that are legal in Harrisonburg at all, we cannot sell fireworks in the city limits and you also can not put off fireworks in the city limits. They are very dangerous if they are not used the correct way," says Wanda Willis. She is in charge of fire prevention for the Harrisonburg Fire Department and says that 17% of children's injuries with fireworks are with sparklers. "I have seen kids that have been injured by fireworks, two boys that come to our Burn Camp every August... both of there legs were almost completely destroyed where fireworks didn't go up and they went around and hit cement and kept bouncing off their legs," Willis said. Not only can you be injured by fireworks but your house and surroundings can catch on fire too. "A lot of fires are started by fireworks, people putting fireworks off and the explosives land on a rooftop or land in the mulch and start a mulch fire." Willis says if you are in an area where fireworks are legal make sure you read the labels on the fireworks and make sure only adults are handling them.


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