On June 30, a political candidate published a video advertisement promising to legalize all consumer fireworks if elected. This ad was further shared in an article by the Washington Post.
VFLSC responded by publicly commenting on the article with the following statement:
July 3, 2017
On behalf of the Virginia Fire and Life Safety Coalition (VFLSC), this ad is in direct conflict with current community safety initiatives. Consumer fireworks account for a substantial number of preventable injuries and fires each year, even when precautions are observed. The “rinky-dink” sparklers mentioned in the article burn at over 1000 degrees, stay hot even after the sparkling has stopped, and can cause severe burns. To protect your family the VFLSC recommends viewing displays put on by trained and certified professionals.
The VFLSC is a diverse group of fire and life safety educators from all over the commonwealth of Virginia who meet regularly to share knowledge, plan events and further the profession of community risk reduction. Our mission is to save lives through education, advocacy and shared resources.
James L. Strother
Virginia Fire and Life Safety Coalition
Read the Washington Post Article here.