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New York State offers fireworks and twinkling device safety tips for the upcoming Independence Day weekend.

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Fire Prevention and Control urged people to be extra careful when handling twinkling appliances, according to a press release. The state allows only a specific category of consumer fireworks, called sparking devices, to be sold and used.

Citing the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the press release said about 15,600 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries in 2020. Two-thirds of these estimated injuries occurred around Independence Day.

A Fireworks 2020 annual report from the safety committee from 2021 said that most injuries received from those who use fireworks and twinkling devices are from people ages 25-44, at 35%, and ages 15-24, at 25%. The most frequently reported injuries are injuries to hands and fingers, at 30%, injuries to head, face and ears, at 22%, and eye injuries at 15%.

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“Summer, and especially the Fourth of July, are times of celebration and gathering, but when fireworks and twinkling devices are added to the celebration, it can lead to very serious injuries for those involved,” according to the New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner. Jackie Bray said in the press release. “The best way to stay safe on the 4th of July is to leave the fireworks to the professionals, but if you plan on using sparkly devices, make sure you do it as safely as possible.”

If twinkling appliances are legal to buy in your county, the Fire Prevention Bureau said, people are asked to follow safety tips such as buying only twinkling appliances and new appliances from registered retailers in New York State and always following the directions on the packaging. follow. The office also noted that twinkling devices are for outdoor use only and not indoors, eye protection and closed-toe shoes should be worn, and never more than one device should be illuminated at a time.

The news release also gave tips such as never pointing a sparkling device tube at anyone or any part of your body, never using sparkling devices while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, keeping them in a safe, dry and secure location when they’re not. in use, always keep an approved fire extinguisher nearby and flood any faulty and used appliances with water for at least 15 minutes before disposing of them to avoid fire

The press release said legal ground or portable spark devices create “a shower of colored sparks or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke,” adding that those devices are not launched into the air. These devices are currently legal in all New York state counties except Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Kings, Nassau, New York City, Queens, Richmond, Orange (banned only in the cities of Middletown and Newburgh), Schenectady, Suffolk and Westchester.

All other types of consumer fireworks, such as fireworks, aerial equipment, spinners, bottle rockets, and Roman candles, are still illegal statewide.

“Sales of sparkling appliances through certified permanent and specialty stores can only take place from June 1 to July 5 and December 26 to January 1. Sales of sparkling devices through certified temporary stands or tents can only take place from June 20 to July 5 and December 26 to 1. January,” the press release said.

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