Fireworks are often used to commemorate special events and holidays, however, fireworks are not always safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 18,000 fires were caused by fireworks in 2011. If you plan to enjoy fireworks this summer, keep yourself and your family safe by planning ahead with a few simple tips.
Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
Do not use consumer fireworks.
Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.
NFPA is opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This includes sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
Sparklers can reach up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. This is 300 degrees hotter than what is necessary to melt glass.
The City of Garland’s fireworks ordinance reads as follows:
Possession or use of fireworks within city limits is a Class C offense (citation) and prohibited by City ordinance. Any opened fireworks are subject to seizure by Garland police. Fireworks stored in vehicle compartments (other than passenger compartments) are protected, such as in the trunk or a locked compartment. This allows for transport/storage of fireworks to places outside city limits where they can be enjoyed.
For details and questions on this ordinance, contact the Garland Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-781-7148.
For additional safety information on fireworks and other hazards, visit NFPA.org/education.