Fourth of July: Fireworks safety always good idea

Fourth of July: Fireworks safety always good idea

"More U.S. fires are reported on Independence Day in a typical year, than on any other day of the year, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause", Chaney said. But, the lovely exploding displays can be very risky, especially if not handled correctly.

Do not sign a waiver in order to purchase illegal fireworks.

It's usually males aged 15 years and older that account for the clear majority of firework injuries in Washington state. Ware was using one of her arms to hold her baby daughter - and watched in "extreme terror" as the flames burned her baby's face, arms, hands and legs, the suit says.

"New Hampshire, just like the rest of the country, does see its fair share of injuries every year", said Chris Wyman, an investigator with State Fire Marshal's Office.

And never, ever let children set off an explosion, she said.

"Adults should be the ones lighting fireworks", Dr. Felton said. If you've been an alive person in L.A. with functioning ears and/or a pet with a flight reflex, you've likely noticed that Independence Day is approaching and that the illegality of fireworks isn't deterring backyard displays. "Unfortunately, that's not usually what happens".

On-lookers should remain a safe distance away from a launching space to ensure safety, and the launching space should be free of obstructions and debris. Four people injured by fireworks later died. If you think a firework is a dud, don't relight it. Douse it with water instead.

Traffic changes during Cedar Park's Fourth of July event 2017
Traffic changes during Cedar Park’s Fourth of July event 2017

"Hopefully everybody uses their fireworks safely and we won't have any grass fires this year", Captain Holt said.

For more tips on firework safety, visit the National Council on Firework Safety.

"If you have children of any age, even adolescents, they should be supervised".

It's easy enough to avoid these injuries though, especially if you just keep the fireworks away from kids and drunk people.

The injuries also result from how one uses fireworks. It's important to know whether they explode, fly, spin, or shoot before you light them. Second-degree burns were the leading type of injury.

As part of the Valley Cultural Center's Concerts on the Green 2017 program, this breathtaking fireworks show with concert is scheduled for July 4 from 6 to 9:30 PM, featuring one of the most spectacular displays in all of Southern California that delights over 60,000 people yearly.



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