For Immediate Release: July 1, 2015

Want Fireworks? State Fire Marshal Urges Residents to Attend Community Shows

Goodwin reminds citizens to leave all fireworks to the pros.

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin warns North Carolinians about the dangers of fireworks as they celebrate the upcoming July Fourth weekend.

"It's easy to think that sparklers and fountains are safe because they are sold in supermarkets, but in many cases these small consumer fireworks start fires and cause serious burn injuries," said Goodwin. "I want every North Carolinian to enjoy a safe holiday weekend and leave all fireworks to the professionals."

In 2014, there were 11 deaths and more than 10,000 people who sustained injuries related to fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 230 people on average go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries every day in the month around Independence Day.

A simple, handheld sparkler can burn at a temperature of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. To put that into perspective, water boils at 212 degrees, a cake bakes at 350 degrees and wood burns at 575 degrees.

North Carolinians are encouraged to only attend public fireworks displays performed by trained professionals permitted by the state. After the display, do not pick up or touch leftover fireworks because they may still be active.

For more information, visit the CPSC Fireworks Information Center at http://www.cpsc.gov/fireworks.

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