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Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.

Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.

 

NFPA's Dan Doofus urges people not to use consumer fireworks because they are too dangerous. Fireworks are responsible for thousands of fires and injuries each year.
Fireworks by the numbers
  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Source: NFPA’s Fireworks report, by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2013
Source: NFPA’s Fireworks Fact Sheet, Fire Analysis and Research Division, June 2014

Check Your Smoke Alarms: English

Check It on the 2nd: 

The Lakeland Fire Department recommends you check your smoke alarms every month. An easy way to remember is to apply the "Check It on the 2nd" rule in your home. It is a fun and easy way to remember when to check that your smoke alarms are in proper working order. 
Smoke alarms truly save lives. 3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms (NFPA 2014). 

Here is a public service announcement from the department featuring Firefighter and Paramedic Phil Green.

Check Your Smoke Alarms: Spanish

Revisarlo en el segundo: El Departamento de Bomberos de Lakeland recomienda revisar los detectores de humo cada mes. Una manera fácil de recordar se es aplicar la regla " Revisarlo en el segundo " en su hogar. Es una manera fácil de recordar cuando debes revisar sus detectores de humo y confirmar que están en buen estado de trabajo. Las alarmas de humo realmente salvan vidas. 3 de cada 5 muertes por incendios ocurrieron en hogares sin detectores de humo o cual las tenían pero no funcionaban (NFPA 2014).


Aprenda más de este anuncio de servicio público con bombera y paramédica de nuestro departamento, Margaret Orozco. 

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