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  • Your best bet is watching your town's fireworks display.

    FireworksWhen handled improperly, fireworks can be harmful or even fatal.According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 9,000 people are treated for fireworks-related injuries each year. Because of the risks, many states have banned the use of all or some types of fireworks. Your best bet is watching your town's fireworks display.

    If you plan to be in a state that does not ban consumer fireworks, the National Council on Fireworks Safety and the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommend the following to ensure a safe Fourth of July:

    • Read all warnings and follow the instructions on fireworks' packages.
    • Stay away from fireworks that aren't clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer's name and instructions for proper use.
    • Make sure there is a responsible adult present when lighting fireworks.
    • If you've been drinking alcohol, don't use fireworks .
    • Don't hold sparklers. Instead, put them in the ground.
    • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
    • Don't put any type of fireworks or flammables near children. Sparklers can get as hot as 2,000 degrees.
    • Be sure other people and pets are out of range before lighting fireworks.
    • Only light fireworks in a cool place, on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves and flammable materials.
    • Never re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned.
    • Never light fireworks that look defective.
    • Keep a bucket of water handy, and soak used fireworks for at least 10 minutes after igniting.
    • Wear safety goggles when handling pyrotechnics.
    • Never attempt to make your own fireworks and do not purchase or use any kits sold for making fireworks.

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