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Staying Safe With Fireworks This 4th

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With the 4th of July fast approaching, fireworks will soon be lighting up the night sky. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that around 200 people visit emergency rooms every year for firework related injuries, just around the 4th of July.

The team at Memory Fireworks, U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and the Moorhead Fire Department recommend the following if fireworks are a part of your celebration.

  • Never allow children to play with fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Keep a bucket of water, fire extinguisher or a garden hose near by in case of a fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying our using them.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Be sure you fire work is on a safe flat surface and wont move or tip over after lit. Or place it in a 5 gallon bucket filled half way with sand.
  • Use a punk or a long lighter to light any fuses.

Experts also warn that when giving children sparklers, be extremely careful. The tip of a sparkler can reach temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees.

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