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Fireworks are very popular around the Fourth of July and New Years Eve. Unfortunately, every year thousands of people are seen in emergency rooms throughout the United States with firework related injuries.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 out of every 3 people injured from fireworks are less than 15-years-old, and almost half of all injuries are to those less than 20-years-old. Injuries to the hand and eyes are most common.
Here are some tips for a safe and happy Fourth of July:
• Never allow small children to play with fireworks. Sparklers burn at more than 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and account for more than 1/3 of injuries to children less than 5-years-old.
• Read and follow all directions written on fireworks.
• Only light one firework at a time.
• Only use fireworks outdoors.
• Wear eye protection.
• Never aim or point fireworks at other people or pets.
• Fireworks are to only be ignited on smooth, flat surfaces away from homes, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
• Keep a bucket of water available in case of fire.
• Never try to relight a malfunctioning firework.
• If fireworks start a fire or become uncontrolled, call the fire department immediately.
• Never drink alcohol and ignite fireworks, this can be a deadly combination.