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State Providing Safety Tips For Upcoming Independence Day Holiday


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New Yorkers are being reminded to stay safe for the upcoming Independence Day Holiday, especially with more New Yorkers taking advantage of mid-week holiday and enjoying a long weekend. Numerous state agencies are offering tips on how to stay safe while celebrating.

“No one wants to spend their holiday in the emergency room or with a visit from the fire department because of injuries or fires caused by fireworks. It’s easy to avoid the dangers of fireworks during the July 4th holiday and that is to leave them to the professionals.”

Said Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray.

According to a release by the Governor’s Office, thousands of people each year are injured when using fireworks, with a majority of the injuries taking place during the July 4th holiday. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a report there has been an increase in fireworks related injuries, with a 25% increase in said injuries in the past 6 years. The report also showed almost half of the injuries were to people younger than 24 years old.

In 2022, there were 173 firework related injuries in the state as reported by emergency departments, 125 of those were between June 18th and July 18th. Some of the common causes of injuries were: a fast fuse firecracker exploding before you throw it, misguided rocket striking bystanders, and young ones investigating why a firecracker didn’t explode. 

“Holidays are moments to have fun and spend time with loved ones, and we want everyone to do that safely. While July 4th fireworks are entertaining and beautiful to watch, I encourage New Yorkers to enjoy community firework displays put on by professionals and not put themselves or anyone else at risk with illegal personal fireworks.”

Said NY State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald.

The state is also reminding New Yorkers on what is legal and what isn’t.

Legal Use:

  • Sale of sparkling devices by registered sellers from June 1 until July 5 annually. Sparkling devices are ground-based or handheld sparking devices that produce a shower of colored sparks or colored flame, crackling or whistling noise and smoke. They do not launch into the air.
  • The possession and use of sparkling devices in cities with populations of less than one million people and as permitted by local law. Be sure to check that sparkling devices are legal in your city, town, or county as local laws may change. You can contact your local sheriff’s office to ask whether your area allows the use of sparkling devices.
  • Users must be 18 years or older to use sparkling devices.

Illegal Use:

  • Fireworks and dangerous fireworks, including firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, spinners and aerial devices, are illegal statewide.

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