Firework Safety

Before you light the fuse on any fireworks this independence day, think about the danger that comes with those festive explosives that injure thousands every year. The moment you purchase a bag of fireworks this Fourth of July, you run the risk of getting hurt. The Consumer Product Safety Administration estimates that between June 21st and July 21st of last year, over 7,000 people were injured from fireworks. Eight people were killed from fireworks in 2013. Dr. Allan McKenzie of the Baptist Health Family Clinic is all too familiar with firework related injuries. When Dr. McKenzie's daughter chandler was 3 years old, she was a safe distance away from a firework when the firework malfunctioned and it hit her in the face. She was rushed to the burn unit at the Children's Hospital. Most of her scars cleared after treatment six weeks later, but the emotional toll stayed with her. "Even going to the Waffle House, with cooking, seeing smoke would make her real anxious and she would not want to be there", said McKenzie. Dr. McKenzie says to leave the fireworks to professionals and to keep a safe distance. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests also keeping sparklers away from children; they burn at over 2 thousand degrees. Never relight fireworks after they've not fully ignited, and always have an adult supervise all firework activities. Today, Chandler is 11 years old and has only minor scars on her face, but to her it's a reminder. "Her goal is to share her story and prevent injuries in other children," said McKenzie. Firework City Ordinances KATV reached out to several cities and counties in Central Arkansas to find out their ordinances on fireworks, here are the ones that got back to us: North Little Rock and Little Rock do not allow the possession of fireworks inside city limits. Fireworks can be not be shot off inside the city limits of Conway and Cabot. If you live out in the county of Pulaski, Lonoke, and Saline fireworks are allowed. Benton allows the use of fireworks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until the 5th of July.