Ban Private Fireworks
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Every year, many people look forward to celebrating the 4th of July. But every year, many other people face the holiday with fear and dread.
Personal fireworks present a real hazard to many people. First and foremost are our veterans, the same people that fought hard to give us the freedom we celebrate. Some combat veterans have difficulty with the sudden, loud, explosives, which can trigger PTSD episodes. Many pet owners have to go to extreme lengths to keep their pets from becoming violent or manic during this week, some purchasing expensive vests, others walking them on treadmills through the evening hours, and others moving their larger animals to more remote locations. Others, like my family, have special needs children who are sensitive to the loud booms. My husband also has epilepsy, and his seizures are triggered by interrupted sleep. We spend much of the 4th weekend in the ER. And many, many others lose sleep, impacting work and productivity.
A study issued in 2015 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that in 2013, 15,600 fires, including 1,400 structure fires and 200 vehicle fires were a result of fireworks. More than one-third (35%) of the people seen in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries from June 20-July 20, 2014 were under 15; nine percent were under five. In 2015, there were 11,900 injuries treated in hospital ERs. And in 2015 alone, 11 people died as a result of firework use.
Commercial, city-sponsored events can be a safer and more predictable option for those that wish to still view fireworks. Personal fireworks, especially ones set off within city limits and in close-confines to numerous people and structures, should be banned.
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