A reminder about fireworks

The following is a news release from the Lake Charles Bureau of Fire prevention:

The Bureau of Fire Prevention would like to remind the public it is illegal to ignite fireworks within the city limits of Lake Charles.

The bureau of fire prevention also, would like to encourage the public to have a safe holiday with the use of fireworks OUTSIDE OF THE CITY, and is offering the following firework suggestions:

  • Always read and follow the label directions carefully.
  • Always have a fire garden hose and water bucket nearby.
  • Adults should always supervise fire activity.
  • Fireworks should be place on a hard flew surface prior to ignition.
  • Only light one firework at a time and move away quickly after lighting.
  • Never point or throw towards people, pets, vehicles, or buildings.
  • Keep away from small children.
  • Do not alter or make your own fireworks

After disposing, pick up all fireworks that have been left over.

Fireworks ignited and failed to explode may cause injury and may be still active. Children should always tell adults if fireworks are found, smoking or charred.

In 2008, fireworks started an estimated 22,500 reported fires and  1,400 structure fires, 20,600 outside, 600 vehicle fires which were reported to local fire departments. These fires resulted in 20 civilian injuries and $42 million in direct property damage. There were no reported civilian deaths.

In 2008, more than 10,800 people were treated at hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. More than half (54%) of 2008 fireworks injuries were burns. Contusions and lacerations were second (29%), and were twice as common as burns when the injury was to any part of the head or face, including the eye. Hands or fingers were the part of the body injured in 30% of the incidents.  In 24% of the cases, the eye was involved; other parts of the face or head accounted for 20% of the injuries.

The highest risks of fireworks injury are to school-age children. In 2008, nearly half of the people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15.  The highest injury rate relative to population was for ages 10-14 with nearly 3 times the risk of the entire population.

For more information contact Bureau of Fire Prevention, at 491-1368.