North Attleborough Fire Department shares tips for safe Fourth of July celebrations

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NAFD Chief Christopher Coleman wishes to share several important safety tips and reminders as residents prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.

North Attleborough residents wishing to view fireworks this summer are encouraged to attend the North Attleborough Kid’s Day Carnival. The carnival is held at the North Attleborough Middle School, 575 Landry Ave., from July 21 through July 24 with fireworks displays on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services and State Police, fire departments statewide reported more than 900 fires related to illegal fireworks from 2012 to 2021. In addition to the 43 fire service injuries and $2.1 million in damages attributed to these fires, Massachusetts medical facilities reported 31 severe burn injuries extending to 5% or more of the victims’ bodies that were caused by illegal fireworks.

The possession, use and sale of all fireworks without a professional license is against the law in Massachusetts, and punishable by confiscation, fine, or imprisonment. Fines range from $100 to $1,000, and some violations could carry a one-year prison sentence. It is also illegal for private citizens to purchase fireworks legally elsewhere and then transport them into the state.

In order to cut down on residents purchasing fireworks in other states and transporting them back to Massachusetts, members of the State Police will begin targeted patrols along state lines to enforce fireworks laws.

Celebrate Safely
• Attend organized and permitted fireworks displays only.
• Remember, alcohol/drugs and fireworks do not mix.
• Never allow young children to go near fireworks or sparklers.
• Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks. The loud noises and flashing lights can be frightening and overwhelming for pets. Pets can become frightened and run from familiar environments and people, becoming lost. Read more here.
• In case of a fireworks-related or other emergency, always dial 911.