Celebrate safely this 4th of July: State Fire Marshal Mike Causey urges residents to attend public fireworks shows Broadcast quality video included along with list of professional fireworks display shows

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The 4th of July is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. However, this year, many Independence Day celebrations could look differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of the coronavirus situation, many professional fireworks display shows have been canceled -- but that does not mean people should have your own backyard fireworks show.

If fireworks are not handled properly, celebrations could end with a trip to the hospital.

Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey is warning North Carolinians about the dangers of fireworks as they celebrate the upcoming July Fourth weekend.

“Many people think backyard fireworks are fun and that something dangerous will never happen.

But that’s not the case,” said Commissioner Causey.  “Fireworks are illegal because they’re dangerous and very unpredictable. That’s why fireworks should only be used by licensed, trained professionals.”

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an average of 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the weeks before and after the July 4th holiday.

According to the North Carolina Injury & Violence Prevention Branch, there were 149 Emergency Department (ED) visits for firework-related injuries in 2019 in North Carolina. There were approximately 5 times as many ED visits among males (124 ED visits) as females (25 ED visits) for firework-related injuries. Rates peaked at 15-24 years of age among males and 0-4 years of age among females.

More than 9,000 people nationwide were treated for fireworks-related injuries in 2018, with 62 percent of them occurring during the month surrounding the Fourth of July (June 22-July 22). During that period, firecrackers were the number one cause of injuries, accounting for 19 percent of the estimated injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for more than half of the total estimated injuries.

A simple, handheld sparkler can burn at a temperature of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. To put that into perspective, water boils at 212 degrees, a cake bakes at 350 degrees and wood burns at 575 degrees.

The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, Commissioner Causey urges all North Carolinians to attend public fireworks displays performed by trained professionals licensed by the state.

Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey has released a new video showing the dangers of fireworks to remind North Carolinians to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.  FOR BROADCAST QUALITY VIDEO CLICK HERE.

A Mother’s Story – in this video, you’ll hear about a real-life example of the dangers of fireworks from a family who lost their 4-year-old son Michael when he was unintentionally struck in the head while standing with

his father watching the fireworks. As a result of the impact, Michael was tragically killed by the injuries he sustained. FOR BROADCAST QUALITY VIDEO CLICK HERE.

Here is a list of all the public fireworks displays taking place in North Carolina this year:

 

Location

Address

Date

 Time 

Mount Airy

Veterans Memorial Park

7/4/2020

9:15 PM

Boone

Westglow Resort & Spa

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Gastonia

200 East Long Ave.

7/4/2020

9:30 PM

Rocky Mount

600 Independence Blvd

7/3/2020

9:00 PM

Bladen County

Bay Tree Lakes

7/3/2020

9:30 PM

Currituck County

Historic Corolla Park - Whalehead Club

7/3/2020

9:00 PM

Eagle Creek Golf Course

109 Greenview Rd Moyock NC

7/11/2020

9:30 PM

Benson

McLamb-Tart Road

7/4/2020

9:30 PM

Spring Lake

Anderson Creek Club

7/5/2020

9:15 PM

Vale - Catawba County

7878 Providence Church Rd

7/4/2020

9:30 PM

Bryson City - Swain County

900 Lemons Branch

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

New Bern

1309 Country Club Road

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Tarboro

 

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Wake Forest

Wakefield High School

7/3/2020

9:15 PM

Watauga County

Hound Ears

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

River Run Country Club

19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson

7/18/2020

9:15 PM

Hendersonville

 

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Pine Lake Country Club

2500 Lebanon Road, Charlotte

7/4/2020

9:15 PM

Oak Island

Oak Island Pier, 705 Ocean Drive

7/1/2020

9:00 PM

Ashe County

368 Ray Hill Dr., West Jefferson

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Mars Hill

Town Park, Park Drive

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Selma

 

7/2/2020

9:00 PM

Cleveland

9046 Cleveland Road

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Kenly

923 Johnston Parkway Road

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Sanford

Carolina Lakes

7/3/2020

9:15 PM

Alpha and Omega Corn Maze

1129 Cheek Rd, Hamptonville

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Figure 8 Yacht Club

18 Bridge Rd, Wilmington

7/4/2020

9:30 PM

Oak Island Pier

705 Ocean Drive Oak Island

7/1/2020

9:30 PM

Oakboro VFD

321 W 2nd Street, Oakboro

7/4/2020

11:00 PM

Sparta

404 Trojan Avenue

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Camp Cheerio

1430 Camp Cheerio Road

7/3/2020

9:00 PM

Clinton

Royal Lane

7/4/2020

9:30 PM

City of King

107 White Road

7/4/2020

9:15 PM

Lincolnton

Ball field 803 North Aspen Street

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

North Stone Country Club

15801 North Stone Drive, Huntersville

7/3/2020

9:15 PM

Reidsville

125 Jaycee Park

7/3/2020

9:30 PM

Carmel Country Club

Charlotte

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Daniel Terryberry Farm

Airship Drive, Elizabeth City

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Burlingame POA

Sapphire, NC

7/3/2020

9:00 PM

Camp Carolina

Brevard, NC

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Black Horse Run Subdivision

11701 Black Horse Run, Raleigh

7/3/2020

9:00 PM

Black Horse Run Subdivision

11701 Black Horse Run   Raleigh

7/3/2020

9:00 PM

Wood Valley Swim & Raquet

10316 Boxelder Dr

7/4/2020

9:00 PM

Town of Holly Springs

2401 Grigsby Ave

7/5/2020

9:00 PM

Wilson Co. Farigrounds

US 301 Highway

7/5/2020

9:15 PM

 

As a reminder, after the display, do not pick up or touch leftover fireworks because they may still be active.

If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital.  If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.

For more information on preventing injuries due to fireworks please visit the websites of the N.C. Office of State Fire Marshal (http://www.ncdoi.com/osfm), Safe Kids NC (http://www.ncdoi.com/osfm/safekids), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks).

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