According to a news release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 60% of annual fireworks injuries occur during the 4th of July holiday!
In order to keep your family safe, follow these fireworks safety tips, and share the CPSC's helpful infographic with your family, friends and social connections.
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Fireworks Safety Tips
- After fireworks have been lit and set off, soak them with water before throwing them away to avoid trash fires
- ALWAYS back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting a firework
- ALWAYS have an adult supervising older children using fireworks
- ALWAYS light devices one at a time and back up to a safe distance each time
- Avoid fireworks sold in brown paper - these are usually professional grade
- Come across illegal fireworks? You can report them to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) by calling 1-888-ATF-BOMB or report to your local police
- DO NOT allow children to light or play with fireworks - including sparklers, which burn at approximately 2,000 degrees fahrenheit
- Keep a hose or bucket of water available in case of emergency
- NEVER allow your body directly over a firework device during ignition
- NEVER carry fireworks in your pocket or set off in a metal or glass container
- NEVER point or toss fireworks toward another person
- NEVER re-light a malfunctioning firework device; soak it in water and dispose of properly
- Only buy legal fireworks and make sure they are legal to use in your area