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Enjoy Fireworks Safely

More U.S. fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires, more than any other cause. In fact, more than 30,000 fires are reported during a typical 4th of July, resulting in anywhere from 7,000-10,000 injuries. Most injuries are to the head, eyes, hands and legs and 40 percent of fireworks injuries occur among children under age 15.

Nothing ruins a holiday more than a trip to the emergency room. Follow our tips below to make sure your Fourth of July celebration is a safe one.

  • Leave fireworks to the pros.

  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

  • After the fireworks display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.

  • Do not allow young children to play with fireworks under any circumstances.
  • Sparklers, considered by many the ideal "safe" firework for the young, burn at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

  • Children cannot understand the danger involved and cannot act appropriately in case of emergency.

  • Observe local laws.

  • Leave fireworks to the professionals.

  • Don’t use or experiment with homemade fireworks.

This Fourth of July and all year round, remember:

Fireworks are unpredictable;
Can cause serious injury; and
Should be left to the pros.

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