Ten Firework Safety Tips

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We hope you all have a safe and happy July 4th. While you and your family may chose to add fireworks to the mix, keep these ten firework safety tips in mind:

* Always read and follow all warnings and instructions

* Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.

* Be sure other people are out-of-range before lighting fireworks. Small children should be kept a safe distance from the fireworks; older children that use fireworks need to be carefully supervised.

* Do not smoke when handling any type of "live" firecracker, rocket, or aerial display.

* Keep all fireworks away from any flammable liquids, dry grassy areas, or open bonfires.

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* Keep a bucket of water or working garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

* Take note of any sudden wind change that could cause sparks or debris to fall on a car, house, or person.

* Never attempt to pick up and relight a "fizzled" firework device that has failed to light or "go off"

* Never attempt to make your own exploding device from raw gunpowder or similar flammable substance. The results are too unpredictable.

* Never use mail-order fireworks kits. These do-it-yourself kits are simply unsafe.

If you need more information on the injuries that can occur, check out these sites:

Fireworks Related Injuries by the CDC
Prevent Blindness America

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