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4th of July Safety Concerns

Annapolis, MD (6-19-13) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen and Annapolis Fire Chief David L. Stokes Sr. remind residents that minor safety precautions taken on July 4th can provide major benefits when it comes to enjoying fireworks.

“Sparklers can reach 1,800 degrees and account for 40 percent of all firework-related injuries,” Chief Stokes said. “That’s why it’s important to go over the safety reminders and be aware of the risk involved in using fireworks, even those permitted by law.”

Ground-based sparkling devices are permitted and are defined as non-aerial, non-explosive and labeled with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission requirements.

Here are a few safety reminders after your purchase of permitted fireworks:
●   Read the warning labels and directions before use.
●   Do not wear loose-fitting clothing while using fireworks.
●   Never light fireworks near dry vegetation.
●   Always supervise children around fireworks.
●   Always have a fire extinguisher available and know how to use it.
●   Never stand over a device to investigate it.

It is also important to remember your pets and other animals during the 4th of July festivities. Animals have sensitive hearing and may be frightened by fireworks.

For a complete list of permitted fireworks and for more safety tips, go to