Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden is warning County residents of the dangers that fireworks pose to the lives and limbs of residents celebrating our nation’s Independence over the Fourth of July holiday.
“The result of fireworks being handled in the wrong way can cause serious injuries,” Sheriff Golden said. “It’s important to know that the danger is not only limited to general Fourth of July fireworks. Even sparklers, which are now exempt from the state’s fireworks ban, should be kept away from small children, as they can easily cause harm.”
Fireworks are dangerous and, with the exception of certain sparkling devices and novelty items, illegal. They should only be handled by trained professionals. According to the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, in 2016, 1,100 injuries occurred nationwide due to fireworks, most often with burns to the hands and head, including to the eyes, face, and ears.
In 2017, there were 273 fireworks relate calls to the Monmouth County 9-1-1 Communications Center during the two weeks before and after July 4th, In 2016 there were 193 such calls. It is Golden’s intention to reduce fireworks related injuries this years by warning the public of the inherent danger of untrained people handling recreational explosives.
“It’s our intent to have that number decrease this year by sending the message out to stay clear of fireworks,” said Sheriff Golden. “Let the trained safety professionals handle the fireworks and celebrate America’s independence responsibly and safe.”