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  • Updated On: Oct 01, 2014

    Fireworks are synonymous with the Independence Day holiday. Not surprisingly, the majority of fireworks injuries and deaths occur on and around July 4. Check out these important tips for keeping your whole family safe while enjoying the holiday with a bang!

    The Safest Way to Enjoy Fireworks

    • Do not use consumer fireworks.
    • Go to a public fireworks display conducted by trained professionals.
    • Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.

    If You Purchase Fireworks

    • Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.
    • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper, which could indicate they′re not intended for consumers.

    Fireworks Safety Tips

    • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers.
    • Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities - regardless of the age of the children.
    • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
    • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
    • Light fireworks one at a time and then quickly move back to a safe distance.
    • 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 malfunctioning fireworks with water and dispose of them.
    • After fireworks complete burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.

    Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

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