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Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

Help keep your holiday safe by handling fireworks with care.

Fourth of July festivities aren’t complete without fireworks. But fireworks can cause injury if they’re not used with caution. Commercially-sold fireworks are extremely hot and can be almost as powerful as professional-grade fireworks, which makes them a potential threat to personal safety as well as property. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 280 people visit emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries — mostly to the head or hands — each day in July. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fireworks sparked over 18,000 fires in 2017.

To stay safe this holiday, the NFPA recommends avoiding consumer or at-home fireworks altogether — opt instead to observe professionally operated fireworks displays. If fireworks are a must-have at your celebration, however, here are some safety tips to follow:

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