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Firework Fanatics

As we all know, fireworks are a must have when celebrating Independence Day. Children get to see the array of beautiful lights and it’s a fun outdoor activity for all. With July 4th quickly approaching, remember these tips and tricks to keep you and your family safe during the holiday.

Fireworks may be legal in the U.S., but that doesn’t always mean they are legal in your area. It is a good practice to check with your local fire department if they are legal in your area or if there are any restrictions.

Many fireworks purchased from the store have the same or similar power to the ones purchased at professional firework retailers. Fireworks packaged or made in a brown bag can be unreliable and pose a threat. Usually, these are not a professional or industrial built firework. Homemade fireworks also put many individuals in danger during the holiday.

On average, fireworks start over 18,000 fires each year to misuse or accidents. This can include vehicle, home, and other structural fires. Over 50 percent of injuries that come from fireworks are to children or young adults under 20 years old. Never allow a young child to play with or ignite a firework. Children may believe they are toys and aim them the wrong way or ignite multiple fireworks simultaneously.

When handling fireworks, make sure to wear protective equipment such as long sleeves, eyewear, etc. It is also important to not stand too close when igniting the fireworks.

Being under the influence can impair your judgement in many ways including how to handle a firework. Keep a bucket or hose close by in case a firework catches fire. Never try to re-light or grab a just-lit firework. This will cause a burn.

Now, we have all played with a sparkler or two either in our childhood or adulthood. They are fun for children to run around with in their hands at parades or when it gets dark on summer nights. What most don’t understand is that it is still just as dangerous as a firework. Sparklers can reach up to 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt many things including clothes. Around 25 percent of emergency room visits are from sparkler injuries alone. It is highly suggested to use adult supervision at all times and remember these firework tips and tricks. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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