JAMESTOWN – The large Independence Day celebrations we’re used to, complete with show-stopping firework displays, may be on hold this year in many places due to Coronavirus.
That means many people might be tempted to create smaller firework shows of their own, something that has experts worried.
According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 10,000 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in 2019, 73-percent of those occurred around the Fourth of July.
Handheld sparklers were the number one item behind those accidents.
That’s why the C.P.S.C. wants to remind us all on how to safely handle these potentially dangerous items:
- Find out what’s legal in your area to use
- Never allow children to ignite, or handle these items.
- Have a bucket of water or a hose nearby.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then back away quickly
- Never try to light or re-light malfunctioning fireworks
- Never point devices at people
- Douse fireworks in water before disposing of them.
These tips can help ensure you have a fun and safe time this holiday weekend.