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July 4th Firework Deaths and Injuries Across US

This Fourth of July, several firework-related incidents have cast a shadow over the celebrations. A man in Chicago lost his life handling fireworks, and a technician in Alabama was injured when a shell detonated prematurely. These are just a few examples of the dangers associated with fireworks, highlighting the importance of safety measures.

National Injury Statistics

Last year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 10,000 people visited emergency rooms due to fireworks, and tragically, eight people died. The most common injuries involved hands, eyes, faces, and heads.

Safety Tips for a Happy Holiday

The National Safety Council strongly encourages attending professional firework displays instead of using fireworks at home. However, if you do choose to use fireworks at home, here are some crucial safety tips:

  • Only use legal fireworks.
  • Keep fireworks away from children and pets.
  • Never use fireworks under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Wear protective eyewear.
  • Never hold or throw lit fireworks.
  • Light fireworks outdoors, away from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Light one firework at a time and maintain a safe distance.
  • Never relight or handle a malfunctioning firework.
  • Douse used and unused fireworks in water before disposal.
  • Have a water source nearby to extinguish any fires.
  • Consider safer alternatives like glow sticks or confetti poppers.

By following these safety guidelines, you can ensure a happy and injury-free Fourth of July celebration. Remember, fireworks are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous. Let’s prioritize safety and enjoy the holiday responsibly.

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Farzeen Mubarak
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Hello, I'm Farzeen, a writer who loves to explore different topics. I've written articles on a wide range of subjects, from technology to health, lifestyle, and more. My goal is to create content that's easy to understand and enjoyable to read. When I'm not writing, I'm out discovering new places and trying delicious food. I'm always eager to learn and share fresh insights with my readers.
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