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Safely celebrate the Fourth with fireworks

Posted: July 3, 2013 - 12:05am

Thousands of people are injured by fireworks on the Fourth of July each year. Dr. Fred Mullins of the Joseph M. Still Burn Centers offers this advice for holiday safety:

• Create a “blast zone” away from structures, people, dry grass and other flammable items.

• Designate someone as a safety person, another as the shooter and a third to clean up fireworks debris.

• Keep children away from the “blast zone.”

• The shooter should not wear loose clothing that could ignite, and should follow all directions on the fireworks label.

• If the fireworks have no warning and/or instructions label, do not use them.

• Never use fireworks indoors.

• Light fireworks one at a time.

• Never throw fireworks. A malfunctioning fuse could set them off in your hand.

• Never light fireworks in someone’s hand.

• Never stand over a firework that doesn’t fire.

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