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For Immediate Release:
July 2, 2013
Contact: 518-486-9846
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**CONSUMER ALERT**
NY DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S DIVISION OF CONSUMER PROTECTION AND STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WARN CONSUMERS ABOUT THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH ILLEGAL FIREWORKS

State Encourages New Yorkers to Attend One of Many Professional, Licensed Fireworks Displays

The New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) and the New York State Department of Labor warn consumers to protect themselves and loved ones from burns and injuries related to unsafe and illegal fireworks displays. Though they offer fantastic displays, fireworks can be very dangerous.

The DCP urges New Yorkers to stay away from illegal fireworks this summer and at all other times of the year. Although fireworks are synonymous with celebrating the Fourth of July, they are illegal, unless the proper permits are obtained and certain safety measures are followed.

All consumer fireworks, including sparklers (which burn as hot as 1,000 degrees), firecrackers and bottle rockets are illegal in New York State without the proper certification/permits. Frequently considered safe for children, sparklers and bottle rockets contributed to approximately 20 percent of the firework-related injuries reported last year.

Last year, there were approximately 5,000 injuries and hospitalizations in the United States related to fireworks. Consumer fireworks cause injuries most often to the hands, eyes, head, face, and ears and more than half of these injuries are burns that occur to children under the age of 15. 

The Department of Labor licenses 387 pyrotechnics operators in New York State. A licensed operator is required to be present any time fireworks are being used.

Pyrotechnics Certifications In New York State
Region Certifications
Capital Region 42
Central 25
Finger Lakes 47
Hudson Valley 60
Long Island 64
Mohawk 17
New York City 47
North Country 11
Southern Tier 27
Western 47

In addition to the health risks associated with setting off fireworks, there is a hefty fine associated with illegally setting off fireworks, totaling hundreds of dollars.  For more information about obtaining a permit, contact the New York State Department of Labor's Licensing and Certification Unit at (518) 457-2735 or visit: http://www.labor.state.ny.us/workerprotection/safetyhealth/fireworks-permits.shtm.

Injuries sustained from fireworks take a second to happen, but can cause permanent disability and disfigurement.  Celebrate safely.

For more information relating to firework safety, please contact the NYS Department of State, Division of Consumer Protection at (518)-474-8583 or visit our website at www.dos.ny.gov.

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