Every year, Americans enjoy the 4th of July by setting off firecrackers, bottle rockets and sparklers. However, the celebration often turns into tragedy with the improper use of fireworks. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 12,900 firework-related injuries were treated in emergency departments in 2018. There were at least 8 firework-related deaths in 2018. The high number suggests more needs to be done to prevent firework-related injuries.
Scroll down for firework safety facts and a short video on how to have a safe holiday.
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Saline Valley Fire Protection District recently purchased new Hurst Extrication Tools. These new tools are battery powered which allows our firefighters to maneuver more efficiently on extrication calls because they are no longer limited to the length of hydraulic hoses and they are lighter in weight. Thanks to Ives Towing for donating cars to allow our firefighters to receive the proper training needed to get the new extrication in service.