Dry Weather: Warren County Urges Caution When Using Fireworks

Warren County Office of Emergency Services sent the following press release about safety and precautions when using fireworks, especially considering the dry weather and the risk of wildfire. Read the release here:

Warren County urges fireworks safety

Increased fire danger as dry weather persists

Warren County Office of Emergency Services is asking residents to use extreme caution if using fireworks this summer, particularly as fire danger increases with recent dry weather.

Fireworks use is expected to increase this summer as New York State and the nation re-open, with more people gathering for the July 4th holiday as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes. 60 percent of all fireworks injuries happen in the weeks immediately before and after Independence Day.

Wildfire risk in Warren County was considered “moderate” as of June 29th, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

In addition to causing injury and fire danger, fireworks alarm pets and cause issues for military veterans suffering from the effects of combat.

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“We ask that those who want to use fireworks in Warren County follow all safety rules and use them away from structures or flammable material,” explained Ann Marie Mason, Warren County’s Director of Emergency Services. “Please use only the devices that are legal for sale in New York, and be considerate of your neighbors.”

Sparkler and fountain-type fireworks that are sold in New York stores and stands are the only items that are legal to use in Warren County, but those devices can cause serious injuries or fires.

The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of nearly 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause severe third-degree burns, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission recommends:

  • Never allow young children to play with, or ignite, fireworks, including sparklers.
  • Clear area of flammable materials, and keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishaps.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move away quickly.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.
  • For more fireworks safety tips, visit www.cpsc.gov/fireworks.