Middleburg Heights Fire Department Reminds All to be Safe

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KABOOM, KABANG and a SHIMMY-SHIMMY! It’s that scintillating time of year again and time to celebrate with family and friends—it’s the Fourth of July!

Fireworks are synonymous with Fourth of July celebrations; however, explosives are also the cause of fires, millions of dollars in damages and far too many emergency room visits each year.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that 65 percent of all fireworks injuries occur in the two weeks on either side of July 4, and a national average of 200 people daily are admitted to the emergency room for fireworks injuries.

“Fireworks are unpredictable and can be dangerous, every year we see holidays ruined with trips to the emergency room from improper use of fireworks,” said Middleburg Heights Chief of Fire, Briant Galgas.

Chief Galgas specified that there is also a huge misconception about sparklers.  Many people believe sparklers are the safe alternative to fireworks but that is not true. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, sparklers top the list of common fireworks that cause injuries. A standard sparkler can burn up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause severe burns or eye injuries. Chief Galgas advises parents to keep close supervision on children when handling sparklers.

“To be sure everyone stays safe this holiday plan an evening watching the many professional firework display’s taking place close to Middleburg Heights,” said Galgas.