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The Fort Wayne Fire Department is reminding residents that safety is the key to any activity that includes fireworks. With it being just days away from it being legal to set off fireworks, the fire department offered the following tips:
•Never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks.
•Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
•While setting off fireworks wear eye protection and never hold fireworks in your hand to light.
•Eye protection should be worn at all times.
•Use in a clear, open area. Keep the audience a safe distance away from the shooting site.
•Do not alter any fireworks device or make your own fireworks.
•Light only one firework at a time.
•Never attempt to re-light, alter, or fix any “dud” firework item.
•Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby.
•Please remember to be considerate of pets, as fireworks can cause them a great deal of stress.
Fort Wayne’s City Ordinance allows for the following in regards to fireworks:
•Fireworks may be used only on the user’s property, on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks, or at a special discharge location. (Note: A special discharge location is a place designated by the State Fire Marshal for the discharge of consumer fireworks).
•Fireworks can be purchased only by adults 18 years of age or older. Children under 18 may only use fireworks when an adult is present.
•Fireworks may be used only between 5:00 p.m. to two hours after dusk (approximately 11:00 p.m.) from June 29-July 3 and again from July 5-9.
•On the day before Memorial Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, the day before Labor Day and Labor Day, the hours are extended from 10 a.m. until midnight.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Fireworks Injury Report estimates that in 2013 approximately 11,400 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks. More than half of the injuries were burns, and most of the injuries involved the head (including face, eyes and ears) hands, fingers and legs. Children and young adults under the age of 15 accounted for more than 40 percent of the estimated injuries. Research also found that 1 in 4 children with fireworks related injuries were bystanders in backyard displays.
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