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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2012

KCFD reminds residents to leave fireworks to a pro

In a typical year on Independence Day, there are more fires reported in the U.S. than on any other day of the year, and fireworks account for more than half of those fires.

Since all fireworks are illegal within the city limits of Kansas City, Mo., the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. Kansas City offers a variety of opportunities throughout the area to enjoy fireworks displays in a fun and safe atmosphere, such as the KCRiverfest in Richard L. Berkley Park. So please, leave the fireworks up to the professionals.

The following statistics are from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA).

Nationwide in 2010, fireworks caused:

- More than 15,500 fires, including 1,100 structure fires and 500 vehicle fires. These fires resulted in eight civilian deaths and more than 60 injuries.

- 8,600 injuries that were treated in U.S. hospital emergency room departments.

- Two out of every five victims treated were younger than the age of fifteen (39 percent)

- An estimated $36 million dollars in direct property damage.

The men and women of the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department want you to have a safe and happy Independence Day.

For more information or media inquiries regarding fireworks, please contact Lew Hendricks, public information officer for the Kansas City, Mo, Fire Department, at 816-784-9172.

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