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Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

What not to do with July 4th fireworks

What not to do with July 4th fireworks

"Consumer-grade fireworks are illegal in Madison County", Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner said.

WFFD Assistant Fire Marshal James Gowen says fireworks being popped in restricted places are the biggest concerns for citations both in and out of the city limits.

As much as we all enjoy a dazzling Fourth of July fireworks display, an estimated 11,900 injuries were treated in the USA hospital emergency departments in 2015 according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, most injuries are burns, primarily to the hands, fingers, head, face, eyes and ears.

According to the Temple Fire Department, sparklers can to burn through most metals.

Fireworks account for a substantial number of preventable injuries and fires each year.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch them at a community event where professionals handle them.

As for retailers, they must hold a permit through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Fire and Building Safety Division, which is overseen by the State Fire Marshal.

OR law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than 6 feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air.

Check local postings for a list of special firework displays planned for the Fourth of July and attend those instead of using consumer fireworks.

While some have bought their own fireworks to celebrate the holiday, it's important to use good safety measures when doing so.

Keep fireworks away from small children, and never allow older kids to point them or throw them at other people, animals, vehicles or anything else that could be damaged.

In addition, light one firework at a time, extinguish and dispose of spent fireworks in a bucket of water and abstain from attempting to relight a dud.

Used fireworks should be disposed of by soaking them in water.

The audience should be a safe distance away from the launch site.

"It's just safety first because you never want to play games with something that shoots flames or shoots up in the air", says Bridget LaMonica, a sales clerk at LaMonica's Hamlin Fireworks.

He urged to make sure the launch site for fireworks is a flat surface that has been mowed down and cleared of tall grass.

Misuse of fireworks which results in death, injury or property loss shall incur civil or criminal liability. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. Our goal at the Charlottesville Fire Department is to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July, please help us protect you and your loved ones.

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