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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Barbecue and Fire Safety Press Release

July 02, 2013

New Orleans, LA. -  Fireworks Are Illegal in Orleans Parish.

Fireworks can result in severe burns, permanent scarring, lifelong disfigurement or even death.  The thousands of serious injuries each year typically harm the eyes, head, or hands and are mostly reported in states, such as Louisiana. 

The New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) would like to remind citizens, first and foremost, that the discharging of fireworks in Orleans Parish is illegal. We would also like to encourage families to attend professional, public fireworks displays this Fourth of July holiday. There will be an Independence Day Celebration on the New Orleans Riverfront on the 4th of July.  The “Go 4th on the River” Celebration will include a dueling barges fireworks display over the Mississippi River at 9:00 pm.

We also recommend that families remember to barbecue safely. United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center estimates in 2003-2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 7,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, including an average of 2,900 structure fires and 5,000 outside fires. These 7,900 fires caused annual average of 10 civilian deaths (to the nearest ten), 120 reported injuries and $80 million in direct property damage.  Although gas grills are used roughly 1.5 times as often as charcoal grills, they were involved in five times as many fires.  Gas grills were involved in 6,400 home fires, including 2,100 structure fires and 4,300 outdoor fires.

  • Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make sure the venturi tubes  where the air and gas mix - are not blocked.
  • Do not overfill the propane tank.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.
  • Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flames can flashback up into the container and explode.
  • Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. Supervise children around outdoor grills.
  • Dispose of hot coals properly - douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers.
  • Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas - carbon monoxide could be produced.
  • Make sure everyone knows to Stop, Drop and Roll in case a piece of clothing does catch fire. Call 911 or your local emergency number if a burn warrants serious medical attention

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Last updated: 7/2/2013 3:06:29 PM

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