June 26, 2014 --
Fireworks are prohibited in Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany family housing area as outlined in Base Order P11320.2F, Base Fire Prevention and Protection Program.
According to the National Fire Protection Association each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.
Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires and even death.
On Independence Day each year, more fires are reported in the U.S. than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.
In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks-related injuries, according to www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Research/ Fact%20sheets/Fireworksfactsheet.pdf.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2012 Fireworks Annual Report provides detailed statistics of injuries seen from June 22 - July 22, 2012.
* Almost three out of five of the fireworks injuries were burns, while almost one-fifth were contusions or lacerations.
* Three out of 10 people injured by fireworks were children under the age of 15.
* Males accounted for three-quarters of the injuries.
* The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people, ages 15-24, followed by children under the age of 10.
* Sparklers, fountains and novelties alone accounted for one quarter of the emergency room fireworks injuries.
NFPA urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and recommends they enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.
Those who plan to buy and use consumer fireworks off base should take the following precautions:
Read and follow all warnings and instructions on consumer fireworks.
Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface.
Light fireworks away from the house, dry leaves and flammable materials.
Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.
Do not allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Do not allow other people in the area when lighting fireworks.
Do not try to re-light fireworks that have not fully discharged.
Do not consume alcohol when using any type of fireworks.
Remember, fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of amateurs.
The few seconds of pleasure the fireworks may bring are not worth the risk of injury, permanent scarring or even death.
For more information, visit the website www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Research/Fact%20sheets/Fireworksfactsheet.pdf, or call Risk Management at 229-639-5249.