FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
As our community prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, the Springfield Fire Department wants to share the following reminders for a safe celebration.
Fireworks are prohibited in the city limits of the City of Springfield.
- The Fire Code prohibits the possession, manufacture, storage, sales, handling and discharge of fireworks within city limits.
- Novelty items, described as snappers, party poppers, toy smoke devices or glowworms, and some sparklers, are allowed but should be used with extreme care and under adult supervision.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2018 Fireworks Report, an estimated 5,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2018 in the month-long period around the Fourth of July. Nearly half of those involved were younger than 20 years old. Forty-four percent of the injuries were burns, and the most common injuries were to hands, fingers and arms.
Most injured body parts by fireworks
- 28%: hand or finger
- 24%: legs
- 19%: eyes
- 15%: head, face or ear
- 10%: other.
“Sparklers burn at temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees and are the leading cause of injuries around Fourth of July,” says Fire Chief David Pennington. “Children should be educated on how to avoid injury from sparklers and well-supervised by an adult during their use.”
“A safe and fun way to celebrate Independence Day is to attend one of the many community displays in and around the City,” Chief Pennington adds. “These displays are presented by professionals who have obtained the required permit and safety inspection by the Bureau of Fire Prevention to ensure the safety of the public.”
For more information, please contact Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Trogdon at 417-874-2300.