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Stay Safe This Fourth Of July: Here Are Some Fireworks Safety Tips
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, it's a good time to talk about fireworks safety.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, data shows that 60 percent of all fireworks injuries occur around July 4th.
According to a news release from the CPSC
Between June 22, 2012 and July 22, 2012, more than 5,000 consumers were treated in hospital emergency rooms due to fireworks-related injuries. Sixty percent of all fireworks injuries occur during the 30 days surrounding the July 4 holiday. More than half of these reported injuries involved burns to the hands, head and face. About 1,000 reported injuries involved sparklers and bottle rockets, fireworks that are frequently and incorrectly considered safe for young children.
Follow-up investigations of incidents showed that most injuries were associated with malfunctioning fireworks or improper use. Malfunctioning fireworks often resulted in unexpected flight paths and dangerous debris. Improper use included igniting fireworks too close to someone, lighting fireworks in one’s hand and playing with lit or used fireworks. Most victims recovered from their injuries or were expected to recover completely; however, several victims reported that their injuries might be long term.
For tips on fireworks safety this Fourth of July, check out the compiled coverage below.