Keep schools safe from fires on July Fourth

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy announced today that in 2011, during July 4th celebrations, there were 3 fireworks-related school fires.  From 2007 through 2011 there were 35 fireworks-related school fires that totaled more than $12 million in losses.

Schools have open play areas and sports fields that attract the attention of people looking for a place to light fireworks.  During the summer months, vegetation on school properties can dry out and catch fire easily.

Preventing fires is everyone’s responsibility.  Check the rules where you will be discharging your fireworks.  To prevent fires on school properties:

1.          Neighborhoods should:

Establish a neighborhood watch program, and report suspicious activities.

2.          School Districts should:

Maintain the property by removing dry vegetation and refuse that can catch on fire.

Establish and post rules regarding the use of consumer fireworks on school properties on and around July 4th.  Ensure the neighborhood and surrounding community are aware of these rules.

School buildings are a valuable community resource.  If you see someone discharging fireworks on a school property, report it immediately to the local authority.

Remember, personal fireworks require personal responsibility.  For more information about fireworks safety, public fireworks displays and the fireworks laws for your area, check the Celebrate Safely website at

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