NFPA is the coordinator of the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, which comprises nearly 25 national and state organizations that work together to help keep the public safe from consumer fireworks. The Alliance urges people to only attend public fireworks displays put on by trained professionals.
Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Steve Coan, a member of the Alliance, reinforced those messages at a press event in Lowell, MA, last week, demonstrating the inherent risks of consumer fireworks; in Massachusetts, use of consumer fireworks is illegal.
A recent article in the International Business Times, "Fireworks Injuries Flare Up as Some Accused of Glorifying Illegal Displays", also addressed these issues, siting Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics which show that fireworks were involved in 8 deaths and 11,400 injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2013. Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president of outreach and advocacy, was quoted in the story as well, stating, "Consumer fireworks are inherently dangerous. There's really no safe way to use them."
Take some time to review NFPA's videos, resources and safety tips on fireworks safety to ensure a festive, safe holiday for you and your loved ones.