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Firework's safety tips

Because of the drought condition Fireworks may not be such a great idea this year. You can see one of the best fireworks displays in the country Monday night at 9 on the riverfront for Go 4th on the River. But if you’re going to stop by one of the many tents around the area and pick up fireworks, it's important to follow a few fireworks safety tips. . . Even before lighting a single match, it's critical to make sure you’re using fireworks safely. In 2005, about 10,800 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. Nearly half of then were under age 15. In fact, using fireworks safely is paramount when children are involved. Children between the ages of 10 and 14 were at three times the risk of fireworks injuries than the general population. About a third of the injuries were from small firecrackers, 21 percent from bottle rockets and 20 percent from sparklers. In 2004, fireworks caused $21 million in direct property damage. The National Safety Council advises that the best way to practice fireworks safety is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals.  However, if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to use them, be sure you know you are using fireworks safely: 
  • Use outdoors only.
  • Obey local fireworks safety laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them!
  • Always have both a garden hose and a bucket nearby.
  • Only use fireworks safely as they are intended, don’t try to change or combine them.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in water.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking in water, then disposing in trash.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
  • Use fireworks safely by using common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance. 
  • Shooter should avoid drinking alcohol and wear safety glasses.
  • Only kids over age 12 should handle sparklers of any type.
  • Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.  
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07/01/2011 11:47AM
Firework's safety tips
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07/02/2011 3:18AM
E. Keith Owens
Fireworks are a summer tradition for many families. By Vincent Iannelli M.D..Unfortunately injuries from fireworks are another tradition that often seems to follow when kids are allowed to play with fireworks..The Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC reports that . can cause injuries often let their younger kids play with sparklers because they think they are safe..Sparklers which can reach about 2000 F cause half of the injuries to children under age five though and 10 percent of fireworks-related injuries overall..So even sparklers should be avoided..Fireworks Injuries.Many parents feel that playing fireworks is a rite of passage for kids that they will supervise their children and they can play with fireworks safely.
07/02/2011 3:53PM
..Dear Readers ..For many Alabama families Independence Day means cookouts family reunions and fireworks. But fireworks often result in injury for both children and adults including severe burns loss of eyesight amputation and even death...The CPSC and the ATF urge consumers to celebrate the occasion safely by not purchasing or using illegal fireworks and by adhering to safety guidelines if using legal ones...According to CPSC there were an estimated 9300 hospital emergency room visits for fireworks-related injuries in 2003 almost half the injuries were to children younger than age 15.
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