Norman Fire Marshal Encourages Residents to Put Safety First This Fourth of July

Date of Press Release: 
Thu, 06/29/2017
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

As the Fourth of July approaches, the Norman Fire Marshal is reminding the public of the extreme dangers that come with using consumer fireworks. The holiday brings an overwhelming urge to show your patriotic pride by firing off fireworks. However, what often begins as a fun time can result in severe injury or property damage, especially in combination with the dry conditions Norman is currently experiencing. Fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of amateurs. 

According to National Fire Protection Agency, over 11,000 injuries resulted from consumer use of fireworks in 2013. In fact, fireworks continue to be one of the leading causes of serious injuries to the head, eyes, and hands. They
can result in severe burns, fractures, scars, disfigurement, and even death. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, reach temperatures of more than 1,200° F. The few seconds of pleasure those fireworks may bring
are not worth the risk of injury. 

Fireworks also pose a significant risk to personal property. In recent years, fires caused by fireworks have caused about $20 million in property loss. Airborne fireworks like rockets often land on rooftops or wedge within certain
structures and retain enough heat to cause a fire. They can also ignite wooded areas and automobiles causing significant damage.  
For these reasons, Norman city ordinances ban the public from detonating fireworks and/or any explosives within the city limits. Offenders will be ticketed. 

To avoid a ticket, injury or property loss, the Norman Fire Department encourages citizens to attend public fireworks displays that are conducted by trained professionals. These displays are the smartest and safest alternative to consumer fireworks because they are established under controlled settings and regulations. A public firework display is scheduled at the Norman Day Celebration at Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Avenue, on July 4. Activities begin in the evening and culminate with a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.

Leave the fireworks to the professionals this Fourth of July, and we will all have a safe and happy holiday weekend!