With the 4th of July holiday approaching, the City of Long Beach has issued a press release indicating that all fireworks are illegal and dangerous, while encouraging people to attend a professional fireworks show.
Included in the press release are the following statistics from the National Fire Protection Association about the dangers of fireworks:
• Fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 fires, eight deaths, dozens of injuries and an estimated $36 million in direct property damage in 2010.
• U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks-related injuries in 2010.
• Fireworks and sparklers are designed to explode or throw off showers of hot sparks, with temperatures that can exceed 1,200 degrees.
• Fireworks are more than twice as likely to injure children ages 5 to 14 than the general population.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety has reported that, for the last several years, there has been a decreasing trend in the fireworks injury rates. A major reason has been the increasing popularity of professional fireworks shows, according to the City of Long Beach.
Every year, about 50 professional shows are held throughout Los Angeles County on the Fourth of July, including shows in and around Long Beach. For more information, visit ongbeach.gov .
Source: City of LB