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Study on Fireworks Incidents; Firework Safety

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A special study (pdf) by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) finds that 65 percent of all fireworks injuries that occurred in 2011 were sustained during the 30 days surrounding the Independence Day holiday.

Last year, the agency received reports of four consumers who were killed by professional-grade or homemade firework devices, while some 9,600 people were injured. To that end, consumers are urged to abide by the following safety tips with the holiday fast approaching.

Fireworks Safety Tips

Ensure that the fireworks are legal before purchasing.

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. While sparklers seem harmless, children can suffer injuries.

Light fireworks one at a time.

Keep a bucket of water or water hose nearby.

Never throw or point a firework near anyone.

If a firework fails to ignite, don’t try to relight it. Rather soak them in water and discard of them.

For more information on firework safety, visit the CPSC Web site. And, lastly and most importantly, have fun this holiday but practice safety.