The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that about 8,800 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for injuries associated with fireworks. Over half the injuries are burns and most injuries involve the hands, eyes and head. Over half the victims are children under 15.
The Fire District encourages residents to attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals, noting that the cities of San Ramon, Livermore and Martinez all host dazzling Fourth of July events. For more information, visit www.firedepartment.org. To report the sale and use of illegal fireworks or explosives, contact the local police department.