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The Fourth of July is right around the corner. This means it’s fireworks season. Although fireworks are a fun and exciting way to celebrate, they can also be harmful or even deadly if not used safely.

Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe:

  1. Never use fireworks inside your home
  2. Always have water available (hose or bucket)
  3. Never point or shoot fireworks at other people
  4. Do not try to re-ignite a “dud” as it could explode near your hands or face
  5. Only light one at a time
  6. Do not try to make your own fireworks
  7. Never allow children to use fireworks
  8. Do not use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  9. Don’t hold fireworks in your hands or have any part of your body over them while lighting
  10. Wear eye protection when using fireworks

It’s also important to be aware of burn bans and drought status before using fireworks. As we are all aware, fires can start with just a small ember. If you live in an area with potential for fire, do not use fireworks. Contact your local fire department if you are unsure of drought or burn bans in your area.

More than 65% of all fireworks injuries occur during the month of July. If someone becomes injured while using fireworks, seek medical assistance immediately.

Safety is #1 to prevent serious injury during an otherwise joyous time.

Happy Independence Day, and remember to be safe!

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