Fireworks and hot temperatures can be a dangerous combo. People can harm themselves and are in danger of lighting up entire neighborhoods.
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180 people on average go to the emergency room every day around the Fourth of July, with the majority of those injuries including burns affecting hands and fingers, eyes, arms, legs, head and ears.
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Here are some tips to keep you out of the hospital and from starting a fire.
Obey local ordinances regulating the sale/use of fireworks
Use fireworks away from dry fields, forests and buildings
Follow label directions and have adult supervision
Light one firework at a time
Never point or throw fireworks at people or animals
Keep wet towels, water and garden tools nearby
Observe areas where fireworks were used to make sure everything is safe before leaving
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Don't try to alter or combine fireworks
Don't relight a "dud" firework, soak them in water after 20 minutes
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter"
Report illegal or homemade explosives to your fire department
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