Tips for having a safe July 4th fireworks display

Tips for having a safe July 4th fireworks display

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July 4th is an American holiday that is almost always topped off with a fireworks show. A fireworks show can be entertaining unless something goes wrong.

Sparklers are probably one of the most popular fireworks seen on July 4. They look harmless, but burn at an astounding 2,000 degrees. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2010 they caused some of the nearly 9,000 fireworks injuries. Forty percent of those hurt were kids.

So how can you prevent those injuries? Here's a list to help you have a safe Fourth of July holiday.

1. Fireworks are not for children. Let them enjoy by watching.
2. Have a water supply -- keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby in case there is a fire or injury.
3. Don't re-light fireworks -- never re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
4. Don't use metal or glass containers
5. According to the safety commission, don't buy fireworks packaged in brown paper. That often means they are for professional displays and not for the backyard.
 
Finally, not all fireworks are legal in Georgia, so know the law. For more information on fireworks safety and the law, visit the sites listed below:

Consumer Product Safety Commission
Safe Kids
National Fire Safety Protection

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