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Advise clients to practice fireworks safety during the 4th of July weekend

Advise clients to practice fireworks safety during the 4th of July weekend Advise clients to practice fireworks safety during the 4th of July weekend
Christy Curtis | 02 July, 2017, 00:53

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, many Families are excited to celebrate Independence Day by shooting fireworks into the night sky.

On Thursday, the Office of the State Fire Marshal demonstrated just how unsafe fireworks - even legal sparklers and novelty items - can be if you aren't careful.

For those looking to enjoy fireworks, the department advises that you stick with the professional events.

The Concord Fire Department said fireworks can cause serious injuries, including burns, lacerations, eye injuries, vision loss, dismemberment and even death.

More importantly, many medical emergencies are caused by fireworks.

With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, various state agencies have sent out alerts and announcements in hopes of improving public safety. According to a report issued by the National Fire Protection Association in 2016, there were 15,600 fireworks-related fires in the U.S.in 2013, including 1,400 structure fires and 200 vehicle fires. In fact, most fireworks-related injuries are from legal sparklers, which burn incredibly hot at 2,000 degrees, and can easily catch a shirt or other loose clothing on fire. Through June 26, the Division of Fire Safety has licensed 1,349 seasonal retailers.

Advise clients to practice fireworks safety during the 4th of July weekend

Forty-seven of the 50 states permit the use of consumer fireworks, but the definition of what is considered "consumer" varies from state to state.

Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.

-Have a garden hose or bucket of water nearby.

It is widely believed that Americans have Founding Father John Adams to thank - or blame - for the fireworks they view on Independence Day.

If you try to purchase fireworks (other than sparklers), many stores and roadside stands will often ask you to sign a waiver form.

David M. Land, district chief of prevention at Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services, said if people are going to use fireworks it is important they read the manufacturer's instructions on the label. While purchasing items from these vendors is a great way to benefit charity, Rodriguez and city officials urge everyone to play safe.

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