Keep Hands Safe This Summer

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(ARA) - Every year, thousands experience hand injuries in accidents caused by fireworks. In fact, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, 70 to 75 percent of all annual fireworks-related injuries occur during a 30-day period surrounding in the summer(June 23 to July 23).

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Fireworks of some kind are legal in 44 states, from firecrackers to ground-launched types. But all fireworks, even sparklers, can become dangerous if used improperly or without a thorough understanding of their hazards. The most common backyard fireworks -- firecrackers, bottle rockets and sparklers -- cause 57 percent of all fireworks injuries.

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