With the upcoming Fourth of July weekend among us, the New York State Department of Health is asking New Yorker’s to leave fireworks to the professionals.
In 2020, firework related injuries led to 15,600 ER visits.
“Fourth of July celebrations are for spending time with family and friends, not for visiting the emergency room after a fireworks accident,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said. “It is important to teach children, and remind everyone, that fireworks are not toys and can be dangerous. I encourage New Yorkers to enjoy the numerous public fireworks displays this Independence Day instead of risking injury by putting on home fireworks shows.”
The DOH also states a safe holiday can still be celebrated by using only legal sparkling devices and leaving other types of fireworks that are illegal to professionals.