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The Fourth of July can be a fun time to make great memories with family and friends. But if you celebrate with fireworks, make sure you use them safely.  If not used properly, fireworks can cause serious personal injury to kids and adults.  Keep these safety tips in mind if you plan to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks:

  • Be very careful when letting kids play with fireworks.   If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from their face, hair, and clothing.  Sparklers can reach 1,800°F — hot enough to melt gold.
  • Only buy fireworks that are legal (legal fireworks have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions; illegal ones are unlabeled) and store them in a cool, dry place.
  • Always use fireworks outside and have easy access to water nearby in case of an accident.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when using fireworks.  Fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone.
  • Don’t hold fireworks in your hand while lighting.
  • Point fireworks away from homes and businesses.  keep them away from brush and leaves and flammable substances.
  •  Light one firework at a time.  Never relight a dud.
  •  Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
  •  If a child is injured by fireworks, go to a doctor or hospital immediately. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. Also, don’t flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it.   If your child is burned, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn.

Fireworks are a great way to enjoy the Fourth of July.  Using fireworks safely can reduce your family’s risk of personal injury.

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