Posted Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Leave Fireworks to Professionals: Protect yourself and your family from firework injuries.
You’ve heard this warning many times — probably every Fourth of July season of your lives. But the Morris County Office of Health Management is going to say it again: Fireworks can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Leave fireworks to the professionals.
Firework injuries can be severe, and even in New Jersey where fireworks are illegal, several people are injured or killed yearly from irresponsible use. No one is immune to the dangers.
Football Giants’ star lineman Jason Pierre-Paul infamously lost part of his hand last year. A year earlier, Tampa Bay Bucaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson lost two fingers due to fireworks.
According to the National Council on Fireworks Safety, the number of Americans planning to use backyard fireworks this Fourth of July is expected to hit an all-time high. Morris County residents should keep firework safety in mind.
There are many professionally run fireworks displays planned throughout the county this weekend, so enjoy those displays and don’t starting lighting fuses on your own. There are fireworks displays planned in Chatham, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Lake Hopatcong, Montville, Morris Plains, Morristown, Parsippany and Randolph.
New Jersey has made fireworks illegal to sell, use or transport fireworks. Residents can buy fireworks out-of-state, but cannot legally transport fireworks into New Jersey.
For more information and tips visit: http://www.cdc.gov/family/minutes/tips/fireworks/index.htm
If you or anyone you know is injured handling fireworks, contact emergency services immediately.