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Tips for fireworks safety

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Even sparklers can be dangerous, if you let children handle them unsupervised Even sparklers can be dangerous, if you let children handle them unsupervised
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

Fireworks are a fun part of any 4th of July celebration, but if you aren't careful, your holiday could end in the emergency room.

Last year, according to the City of Seminole Fire Rescue, an estimated 8,700 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries.

More than half of these reported injuries involved burns to the hands, head, and face.  Seminole Fire Rescue reports about 1,000 reported injuries involved sparklers and bottle rockets, fireworks that are frequently (and incorrectly) considered safe for young children.

Most injuries were associated with malfunctioning fireworks or improper use.  Malfunctioning fireworks often result in unexpected flight paths, and dangerous debris.  Improper use included lightning fireworks too close to someone, lighting fireworks in one's hand, and playing with lit or used fireworks.

If you're planning to light some fireworks this 4th of July, here are some safety tips, courtesy of Seminole Fire Rescue:

-Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.

-Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Parents may not realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees.

-Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.

-Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.

-Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to 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 try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

-Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

-Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

-Never carry fireworks in a pocket or ignite them in metal or glass containers.

-After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.

 

Looking for a list of Bay area 4th of July events?  Check it out here.

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