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Fireworks safety for 4th of July


Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the Fourth of July, but accidents can happen quickly.

Stay safe around fireworks and sparklers with these tips:

– Only purchase legal fireworks. Illegal fireworks account for the majority of injuries.

– Keep a safe distance from structures.

– Keep a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher nearby.

– Supervise older children around fireworks.

– Avoid open-toe shoes and loose-fitting clothes, which can catch embers.

– Designate a sober person to handle fireworks.

– Keep pets locked safely indoors.

Many mistakenly think that sparklers are safer than fireworks, but they burn as hot as 2,000 degrees.

Charlene Cobb, Sunstar Paramedics

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