News from KCFD
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Joe Vitale, Battalion Chief, Public Information Officer, 816-784-9172
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2011
KCFD reminds residents to leave fireworks to a pro
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department reminds residents that fireworks are illegal within the city limits, so please, leave the fireworks up to trained professionals.
On a typical Independence Day holiday, there are more fires reported in the U.S. than on any other day of the year. Fireworks account for more than half of those fires.
The following statistics are from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA).
In 2009, fireworks caused:
• more than 18,000 reported fires;
• two civilian deaths;
• an estimated $38 million dollars in property damage;
• 10,000 injuries that were treated in U.S. hospital emergency room departments. Two out of every five victims treated were under the age of fifteen.
Throughout the Kansas City metro, residents have numerous opportunities to enjoy a professional fireworks display sponsored by local organizations. The KCFD wishes residents a safe and happy Independence Day.