Fireworks Have Become a Way
to Celebrate During the July 4th Holidays
It's Our Responsibility to
July 02, 2008
Ketchikan, Alaska - With the excitement of loud rumbling explosions
and beautifully colored sparks flying through the air, people
often forget that fireworks may contain dangerous chemicals and
combustibles that can destroy property and injure people. Alaska
State Fire Marshal David Tyler reminds Alaskans that fireworks
can cause severe injuries or even death if not used properly.
Tyler also reminds Alaskans that fireworks can cause fires that
might get out of hand, destroying homes and wild lands.
"The safest way to enjoy
fireworks is by attending a public fireworks display," said
Tyler. As reported by the American Pyrotechnics Association,
some states ban the use of fireworks by consumers, while other
states permit some or all consumer fireworks. The Alaska Office
of State Fire Marshal along with the National Association of
State Fire Marshals and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
join in advising you to observe applicable local and state laws.
Title 27 of Ketchikan Gateway Borough's
Code of Ordinances
describes the conditions under which fireworks are allowed in
the Ketchikan borough. The sale and possession of firewords are
prohibited and the code describes the penalty for violations.
If the law allows you to shoot
your own fireworks in your area, pay particular attention to
the following safety tips to help reduce the chances of a destructive
fire and/or injury:
- Only purchase fireworks from
a licensed dealer that sells certified fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that
come in brown paper packaging, as this is often a sign that the
fireworks were made for professional shows and could pose a danger
- Never allow young children
to play with fireworks.
- Adults should always supervise
fireworks activities. Parents often don't realize that sparklers
have caused more injuries to children under age five than any
other type of firework. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about
2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never have any portion of
your body directly over a firework device when lighting the fuse.
Move back a safe distance immediately after lighting.
- Never try to re-light or pick
up fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse and soak with
water and throw them away.
- Never point or throw fireworks
at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or
a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light one item at a time,
and then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a
pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- Avoid the combination of alcohol,
drugs and fireworks.
State Fire Marshal David Tyler
encourages participants to enjoy the July 4th celebration safely
and remember to practice fire safety every day. Plan your escape,
install and maintain smoke alarms, and install fire sprinklers.
The life they save may be yours said Tyler.
Title 27 Fireworks - Ketchikan
Gateway Borough's Code of Ordinances
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