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Enterprise Fire Chief Urges Fireworks Safety and Reminds Residents of Local Ban

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDNews) – As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, Enterprise Fire Department Chief James Davis is urging residents to be cautious with fireworks and reminding them that fireworks are prohibited within city limits. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2022 Fireworks Annual Report, over 10,000 people nationwide were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries last year. Many of these injuries occurred in the days leading up to the holiday.

Enterprise has had a ban on fireworks since September 1999, when the city adopted an ordinance that prohibits the discharge, firing, or use of firecrackers, rockets, torpedoes, roman candles, and other fireworks within city limits. The ordinance also makes it illegal to sell fireworks in Enterprise.

“Most injuries come from firecrackers and sparklers and children between the ages of 10 and 14 have the highest rate of injury,” Fire Chief Christopher Davis said. “To put this in perspective, water boils at 212 degrees, a cake bakes at 350, wood burns at 575 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees. Sparklers burn at 1200 degrees so they are very hot and very dangerous.”

Chief Davis emphasized the importance of adhering to this ordinance to ensure the safety of all residents. “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July,” Davis said. “Please remember that fireworks are not allowed in Enterprise, and consider alternative ways to celebrate.”

“Nearly a third of firework injuries impact the hands and fingers, followed by the head, face, ears and legs. Really the only way to stay safe is to leave the fireworks shows to the professionals”.

As the holiday nears, the fire department encourages everyone to stay informed and prioritize safety to prevent any potential accidents.