The following is a republished press release from the Ithaca Fire Department and NOT written by the Ithaca Voice … click here to submit community announcements directly to The Voice, or contact me at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com

The Ithaca Fire Department would like to remind everyone to have fun and be safe this Independence Day and all summer long.

Last year over 8,000 people nation wide were treated for fireworks-related injuries and children less than 15 years old accounted for 40% of the estimated injuries.

Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair.  Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius) — hot enough to melt gold.

In the City of Ithaca, other then “sparklers”, the use of fireworks by those who do not have a permit is strictly illegal.

For those that love to watch a good fireworks show, please leave it to the pros… the City of Ithaca has brought back its fireworks at Stewart Park Sunday, July 3rd .

So come down and watch a fantastic show with the entire family, and have a fun and safe Independence Day.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.