A large portion of Americans celebrate Independence Day with the use of fireworks. It is estimated more than $800 million will be spent on fireworks and more than 43 percent of Americans will go to a fireworks show.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns people about the possible consequences of mishandling fireworks. Fireworks kill an average of seven people every year and send close to 11,000 people to the emergency room.
To avoid injuries:
• Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles
• Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away
• Always supervise children.
“Keep them out of the hands of kids, make sure you have water nearby, make sure you don't try to relight a dud, one that didn't light,” said Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The National Council on Firework Safety also advises to always read the instruction on the package before handling fireworks.