The Franklin Fire Marshal is reminding residents that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a professional display put on by experts. Consumer fireworks, including sparklers, are not permitted in the City of Franklin.
The Franklin ordinance that prohibits consumer fireworks was adopted in 1999 because fireworks present substantial risks. In addition to damaging property and causing thousands of fires annually across the U.S., every year fireworks cause thousands of eye, ear and face injuries, amputations and severe burns. Most often children and teens are the ones injured.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2014 U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks related injuries. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 5-9, followed by children 10-19. Sparklers alone accounted for 25 percent of emergency room fireworks injuries.
NFPA research shows that from 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 18,500 fires caused by fireworks. These fires included 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and 16,900 outside and other fires.
The Franklin on the Fourth celebration will include a professional fireworks display at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, sponsored in part by 92Q, Super Talk 99.7 WTN and WAKM AM-950. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.
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