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Monday, July 4, 2011

Have A Happy and Safe 4th of July

Fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as apple-pie, but did you know that more fires are reported on that day than on any other day of the year in the United States? Nearly half of these fires are caused by fireworks. The good news is you can enjoy your holiday and the fireworks, with just a few simple safety tips:

  • Each July Fourth,  thousands of people, most  often children and teens, are injured while using  consumer fireworks
  • The risk of fireworks injury is more than twice as high  for children ages 10–14 as  for the general population. 
  • Leave fireworks to the professionals. Do not use consumer fireworks. 
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. 
  • After the firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.