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How to avoid fireworks injuries this 4th of July

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Posted at 10:37 AM, Jul 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-04 13:00:23-04

Every year, 4,700 children nationwide are hurt in fireworks-related injuries. Wednesday morning on Good Day Utah, Annette Matherly, a registered nurse with the University of Utah Health Care Burn Center, gave us some safety tips.

Fireworks Safety Tips:

  • Never build or experiment with homemade fireworks
  • Fireworks should be handled by adults, not children
  • Read and follow all firework instructions
  • Be sure spectators are out of range before lighting fireworks
  • Light fireworks away from houses, dry leaves and flammable materials
  • Do not throw, point or shoot fireworks toward people, pets, buildings or vehicles
  • Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Keep a bucket of water, a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby
  • Never let children play with or handle sparklers. Sparkler tips can reach temperatures of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

See also: Three ways to avoid getting sick at your 4th of July BBQ