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Leave Fireworks to the Experts this Fourth of July

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO)

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is raising awareness of the dangers posed by consumer fireworks and urging Tennesseans to leave the fireworks to the pros instead of risking their lives and possibly breaking the law by detonating fireworks themselves.

“July Fourth is a great opportunity to celebrate our nation’s independence with friends and family,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “The best way to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe Fourth is to join other community members in attending public fireworks displays put on by trained and licensed professionals.”

Consumer Fireworks Caused $1M in Damages, One Death and 412 Unintended Fires from 2013-2017 [1]

Consumer Fireworks Caused $1M in Damages, One Death and 412 Unintended Fires from 2013-2017

Shooting fireworks at home brings risks to people’s lives, health, and property.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks each Independence Day holiday. According to state fire data, fireworks caused 412 unintended fires and resulted in over $1 million in property damages and one death in Tennessee from 2013–2017.

If consumers choose to shoot fireworks themselves, they should familiarize themselves with local fireworks laws first. Several counties and cities in the Volunteer State have ordinances and restrictions related to fireworks usage. Before purchasing or detonating fireworks, the SFMO urges residents to check with their local police or fire department to determine local laws about fireworks.

In addition to local laws, Tennessee has several state laws pertaining to fireworks:

If consumer fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

For more fire safety information and to download a State Fire Marshal’s Office calendar, visit www.tn.gov/fire [3].

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