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Celebrate Safely this 4th of July

Leave fireworks to the professionals

July 1, 2019 | 2 min reading time

Graphics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of consumer fireworks can also bring pain. On average, 280 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths by promoting fireworks safety in your community.

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Back up a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

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