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City of Niagara Falls Fire Department urges caution near fireworks on Independence Day

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Fri, Jun 29th 2018 06:05 pm
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster and Fire Chief Thomas Colangelo are encouraging residents to stay safe ahead of the upcoming Independence Day holiday.
The NFFD and the National Fire Protection Association encourage residents with sparkling devices to take the following precautions:
•Only buy sparkling devices from a licensed seller (not from someone on the street or from someone's house);
•Read and follow the directions on the sparkling devices before lighting them;
•Keep water on hand in the case of an emergency;
•Only use sparkling devices in an open, outdoor area;
•Light sparkling devices on a hard surface and be cautious of any wind;
•Have a designated person to set off the sparkling devices who avoids alcohol and does not wear loose clothing;
•Make sure the designated person wears safety goggles and close-toed shoes;
•Do not alter or combine sparkling devices;
•Aim the sparkling devices away from houses, dry leaves, flammable materials and people;
•Never extend a body part over the sparkling devices;
•Light one sparkling device at a time;
•Never relight a "dud" sparkling device; and
•Wait 20 minutes after setting off the sparkling device to approach it, and then soak it in water.
Residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1 for all potentially life-threatening situations to ensure the quickest possible response from Niagara Falls firefighters. Non-life-threatening situations should be directed to 716-286-4727.
The holiday marks one of the busiest days of the year for the NFFD.
The NFPA states more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year, and two out of five incidents are fireworks-related.
Professional fireworks displays within the City of Niagara Falls include:
•Hyde Park: Wednesday, July 4, at dusk.
•Seneca Niagara Casino: Sunday, July 1, at 9:40 p.m.
According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,100 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments annually, up from 2015. Celebrating with fireworks, cookouts and community events can quickly turn to disaster if proper precautions are not taken. Children are especially at risk. Of those injured, 31 percent of victims were under 15.
For more information about fireworks safety, visit http://www.nfpa.org/fireworks.

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