According to Fort Knox Regulation 420-1, the use of fireworks by individuals on Fort Knox is strictly prohibited. Only Garrison-approved contractors licensed by the State of Kentucky for a specific function are authorized to use fireworks.
For those individuals who plan to enjoy festivities at home, the following recommendations may prevent unnecessary injury or even death. Each July 4, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. The only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show; however, with many professional firework shows being canceled this year, it is important to know that fireworks are not safe in the hands of consumers. With that said, here are a few ideas to get into the patriotic spirit, without fireworks:
1. Use glow sticks, they glow in the dark and are a safe alternative to a sparkler. Fun for all ages.
2. Loud and proud. Noise makers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local party supply stores or make your own.
3. Outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector. Don’t forget the bug spray!
4. Red, white and blue silly string...fun for all ages.
5. Make a patriotic craft with the family.
6. Throw a birthday party for the USA, and don’t forget the cake.
- More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually.
- Burns account for 44% of the 9,100 injuries treated in emergency rooms seen in the month around July 4.
- Half of the fireworks injuries seen at emergency rooms were extremities: hand, finger, or leg. One-third were to the eye or other parts of the head.
- Children ages 10–14 had the highest rate of fireworks injury, with more than one-third (36%) of the victims of fireworks injuries under age 15.
- Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.