Fireworks Safety Press Release

“LEAVE FIREWORKS TO THE PROFESSIONALS”

Playing with fireworks invites disaster, and without a license, it’s against the law.

It simply is just not worth the risks of injury or penalty.

While recent legislation in New Jersey permits the retail sale and use of hand- held and ground sparklers as well as some other small novelty items by persons that are at least 16 years of age, all other explosive and aerial devices remain prohibited. The sale, use and possession of firecrackers, sky rockets, bottle rockets and roman candles is illegal unless a permit for public display has been obtained by a trained pyrotechnic specialist.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fireworks cause tens of millions of dollars in property damage, thousands of injuries as well as several deaths each year.  According to the NFPA, more than half those injuries occur to persons under age 20.  Because of the unpredictability of fireworks, innocent bystanders are often victimized.

Flying rockets are quite capable of igniting a nearby house or flammable liquid. Seemingly safe sparklers also pose a hazard as they heat up to 1200 degrees, sending hot cinders flying out of control.

For further information on fire safety, contact Fair Lawn Bureau of Fire Prevention at 201-794-5408.

Submitted by:

Angelo Castronovo, Fire Official

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