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NEWS FROM: Nevada State Fire Marshal 00-131

Nevada State Fire Marshal Advocates a Safe Fourth of July

National Fire Protection Association Provides Valuable Statistics

"The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend an outdoor public display provided by professional pyro technicians," is the message from Acting Nevada State Fire Marshal Bryon Slobe. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 11, 000 people have suffered fireworks- related injuries in the US since 1995. These injuries include burns, lacerations, amputation and blindness.

Children between the ages of 10 and 14 are at the greatest risk of injury from fireworks. In 1998, US hospital emergency rooms treated 8,500 people for injuries caused by fireworks. Two out of every five people injured by fireworks in 1998 were under 15 years old and almost 2/3rds were under 25.

Every year, fireworks that are used by amateurs cause thousand of injuries serious enough to require emergency room treatment. In some cases, fires have been started by not knowing the limitations for these fireworks. Even sparklers, often mistaken as safe, can burn as hot at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. Never pick up or touch found fireworks. Make sure you report them to your local fire jurisdiction.

Fireworks are illegal in most counties in Nevada. To check if fireworks are illegal in your county, please contact your local fire jurisdiction. For more information, contact the Nevada State Fire Marshal at (775) 687-4290.