Fireworks Safety Demonstration

The Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services and the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad will conduct a fireworks safety demonstration. In 2019, an average of 243 people went to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Annual Report.

WHERE: Training Grounds (down the hill and behind the FTC), Fire Training Center, 35 Firemens Memorial Drive, Pomona, NY

WHEN: 10:30 AM, Wednesday, July 1, 2020

To use fireworks more safely please follow these recommendations from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Do not allow young children to play with fireworks. Sparklers, a firework often considered by many to be the ideal “safe” device for the young, burn at very high temperatures and should be not be handled by young children.
  • Older children should be permitted to use fireworks only under close adult supervision. Do not allow any running or horseplay.
  • Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, or grass and other flammable materials.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.
  • Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
  • Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Check instructions for special storage directions.
  • Observe local laws.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.