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Fireworks stats to consider before lighting up

7:15 AM, Jul 4, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Fireworks are about as 'Fourth of July' as a slice of apple pie, but they can come with quite the burn.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 9,600 people were injured last year by fireworks. The most frequent offender? Sparklers.

One may assume kids are getting injured at a more frequent rate by sparklers, but it's actually adults in the 25-44 age range according to the CPSC. 1,100 people were treated in emergency rooms across the country last year due to injuries related to sparklers.

Here's something else to consider...like those digits on your hands? They are the most frequently injured. Here's how the CPSC breaks down the injuries from 2011: hands and fingers: 46%, eyes: 17%, head, face, and ears: 17%, legs: 11%.

Here a few safety tips from the CPSC:

*Do not allow young children to play with fireworks, sparklers included. (Sparklers burn hotter than wood and glass and can ignite clothing)

*Older children should be permitted to use fireworks only under close adult supervision. Do not allow running or horseplay,

*Set off fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from houses, dry leaves, grass or other flammable materials.

*Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring over fireworks that fail to ignite or explode.

*Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them in water and throw them away.

*Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

*Never light fireworks in a container

*Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas

*Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

*Check instructions for special storage directions

*Observe local laws

*Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting

*Do not experiment with homemade fireworks

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