Bethel Fire Marshal Advises on Fireworks Safety
From Thomas Galliford, Bethel Fire Marshal–
In advance of Fourth of July here is some important info from the NFPA regarding fireworks: http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=297&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Holidays/Fireworks
The only legal fireworks in CT are sparklers and fountains. No aerial type fireworks are allowed in CT. You must be 16 years old to purchase and use sparklers and fountains.
Sparklers burn around 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-14, with more than twice the risk for the general population.
Nationwide, in 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires, including 1,100 total structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and $36 million in direct property damage.
LEAVE THE FIREWORKS TO THE PROFESSIONALS and attend shows sponsored by local towns and organizations for the safest time!