Every year people are injured while using fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, causing 3 deaths, 40 injuries and about $43 million in damage. Even sparklers can be unsafe; they account for about 25 percent of fireworks injuries seen in emergency rooms.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety has released a list of recommended safety tips for the upcoming holiday.
Don’t forget about your pets’ safety on the Fourth of July and do not bring them to a fireworks display. And if fireworks are being lit near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room in your home to avoid as much noise as possible for them.
Remember that injuries are preventable. The NFPA tells consumers that if you want to see fireworks, you should go to a public show put on by experts.
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