On Wednesday, the State of Ohio Fire Marshal issued this statement:
"Ohioans are being urged NOT to use backyard fireworks because of the high fire danger from extremely dry conditions, the risk of personal injury - specifically to young children - and the potential penalty for breaking Ohio's fireworks law."
"In 2011, 9,600 people were treated in emergency departments for firework-related injuries, an increase of 1,000 injuries over the previous year. An estimated 6,200 fireworks-related injuries, or 65 percent of people treated, occurred during the one-month period surrounding the Fourth of July Holiday."
With the upcoming 4th of July Holiday, all area fire chiefs have serious concern over the use of backyard fireworks. Often, they are ignited by inexperienced and unqualified individuals. This, in conjunction with the dry weather, and in some cases, the presence of alcohol, all potentially adds up to a dangerous equation. A grass fire can ignite easily and spread quickly in these conditions. The potential is very real, and the risks at this time are very high.
Additionally, the following recommendations are advised:
- Until the Red Flag Warning is lifted, discontinue the use of outdoor fireplaces, chimineas, and the like.
- When grilling, do so on a non-combustible surface, such as concrete. Do not grill on wooden decks or in the dry grass. Be sure to not leave grills unattended, and be certain flames are fully extinguished when complete.
- Do not ignite any backyard fireworks.
- If you have any questions, contact your local fire official within the jurisdiction where you reside.