State Fire Marshal Urges Residents To Attend Public Fireworks Shows

State Fire Marshal Urges Residents To Attend Public Fireworks Shows

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By / Local News / Monday, 29 June 2020 01:42

RALEIGH - The 4th of July is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. However, this year, many Independence Day celebrations could look differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of the coronavirus situation, many professional fireworks display shows have been canceled - but that does not mean people should have your own backyard fireworks show.

If fireworks are not handled properly, celebrations could end with a trip to the hospital.

Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey is warning North Carolinians about the dangers of fireworks as they celebrate the upcoming July Fourth weekend.

"Many people think backyard fireworks are fun and that something dangerous will never happen.But that’s not the case," said Commissioner Causey.  "Fireworks are illegal because they’re dangerous and very unpredictable. That’s why fireworks should only be used by licensed, trained professionals."

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an average of 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the weeks before and after the July 4th holiday.

According to the North Carolina Injury & Violence Prevention Branch, there were 149 Emergency Department (ED) visits for firework-related injuries in 2019 in North Carolina. There were approximately 5 times as many ED visits among males (124 ED visits) as females (25 ED visits) for firework-related injuries. Rates peaked at 15-24 years of age among males and 0-4 years of age among females.

More than 9,000 people nationwide were treated for fireworks-related injuries in 2018, with 62 percent of them occurring during the month surrounding the Fourth of July (June 22-July 22). During that period, firecrackers were the number one cause of injuries, accounting for 19 percent of the estimated injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for more than half of the total estimated injuries.

A simple, handheld sparkler can burn at a temperature of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. To put that into perspective, water boils at 212 degrees, a cake bakes at 350 degrees and wood burns at 575 degrees.

The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, Commissioner Causey urges all North Carolinians to attend public fireworks displays performed by trained professionals licensed by the state.

Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey has released a new video showing the dangers of fireworks to remind North Carolinians to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.

COVID-19 has changed our lives for the indefinite future. Yet, for the immediate future many long standing summer events in Carolina Beach have been postponed.

July 4th is right around the corner on the calendar, but in Carolina Beach there will be no July 3rd Independence Day fireworks display or entertainment at the Boardwalk.

According to Greg Reynolds with the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, "Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the North Carolina State of Emergency limits on crowd size, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have to cancel all May and June events previously scheduled."

Reynolds explained, "This includes the first six fireworks and movies at the lake as well as the first two free summer concerts at Fort Fisher. These will not be rescheduled. The 35th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival scheduled for June 6th has been postponed until a later date yet to be determined."
He explained, "It is our hope that we can have our iconic, signature event later this year. Stay tuned, wash your hands, social distance and wear a face covering when in public. Hope to see you soon!".

For more info, visit http://www.pleasureislandnc.org/

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