Most fireworks are illegal on post, all can be dangerous

The Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services d i v i s i o n w a n t s t o ensure that everyone on Fort Belvoir takes steps to prevent Independence Day festivities from turning into a tragedy at family picnics, outings to the beach and neighborhood barbecues.

Each Fourth of July, hundreds of children are permanently disfigured due to burns by fireworks. Here's what you need to know:

•On Fort Belvoir, all fireworks are illegal to possess or discharge, including gold label sparklers.

•Each year, fireworks in the U.S. cause approximately 12 deaths, 2,000 serious eye injuries, and 5,000 other injuries, including amputated fingers.

• A l t h o u g h m a n y p e o p l e mistakenly believe sparklers are safe, sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, nearly hot enough to melt gold.

•Snap-and-pop noise makers, snakes, and party poppers are the only fireworks authorized on Fort Belvoir.

Celebrate Wisely

•Teach children that fireworks are NOT toys. Explain the dangers of explosives and fireworks to your children.

•Do not allow children to handle fireworks, including sparklers. Set a good example! Do not handle fireworks or sparklers yourself.

•Obtain the proper permits and insurance before holding any public fireworks display.

•Enjoy the thrill of fireworks and pyrotechnics at public displays by licensed professionals.

Be careful and have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. For more information about fireworks, call the Fort Belvoir Fire Marshal’s Office, 703-805- 2091, or the Fort Belvoir Safety Office, 703-806-3447.