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Aim for mishap-free Fourth of July

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Fireworks are nothing less than recreational explosive devices. As such, they represent a potentially hazardous exposure to anyone in proximity and should be treated with the utmost caution at all times.

To help you celebrate safely this Fourth of July, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and National Council on Fireworks Safety offer the following tips:

  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Adult supervision is a must.
  • NEVER give fireworks to young children. Close, adult supervision of all fireworks activities is must. Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly.
  • Buy from reliable sellers.
  • Use outdoors only and well away from flammable or combustible material.
  • Always have water handy.
  • Keep pets away.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework (wait 15-20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
  • Select and use only legal devices. If you choose to celebrate July Fourth with fireworks, check with your local police department to determine what can be legally discharged in your area.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place that is not near flammable or combustible material.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people, pets or anything susceptible to ignition.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Users should always wear eye protection and never have any body part in the firework’s potential path of energy release.
  • Dispose fireworks properly by soaking in water and throwing them away in your trash can.

Of course, fireworks are most safely enjoyed when you leave it to the professionals. Be cautious, aware of the risks and make this Independence Day a mishap-free holiday.