Fourth of July festivities aren’t complete without fireworks. But fireworks can cause injury if they’re not used with caution.
What makes them unsafe? Commercially-sold fireworks are extremely hot and can be almost as powerful as professional-grade fireworks. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 240 people visit emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries — mostly to the head or hands — each day in July. That’s more than 7,000 injuries in a single month. Fireworks also can cause serious property damage. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fireworks sparked almost 18,000 fires in 2011.
To stay safe this holiday, the NFPA recommends avoiding consumer or at-home fireworks altogether. Instead attend professionally operated fireworks displays and enjoy from a safe distance. But if fireworks are a must-have at your celebration, here are some safety tips to follow:
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