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Fourth of July Fireworks

Firework Safety

Many organizations look for opportunities to celebrate within their communities, and Independence Day is great reason for celebration. After the parades, barbecues, games and activities, Independence Day typically concludes with fireworks. If your organization holds Independence Day events, you and fellow participants are encouraged to attend local municipal fireworks displays.

If your organization is inclined to host a fireworks display on your property, secure the services of a qualified, insured professional fireworks contractor and take appropriate steps to transfer risk to the contractor. Refer to the Utilizing Outside Contractors fact sheet on SafeChurch.com for more detail. You should also comply with all local rules, permits and fire code regulations, and discuss with your insurance agent whether your organization is covered for fireworks displays. Homemade fireworks displays are strongly discouraged.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that, on average, 280 people visit a hospital emergency room every day in the 30-day period surrounding the Fourth of July due to injuries from fireworks. The most injured body parts are hands/fingers (31%), head/face/ears (22%), torso (10%), legs (17%), eyes (14%) and arms (6%). And the most common causes of the injuries are sparklers, firecrackers and bottle rockets.

By leaving fireworks in the hands of professionals, we hope you and those served by your organization have a wonderful, safe and joy-filled Independence Day holiday.

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