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Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires each year, and in 2013, sparklers caused 41 percent of fireworks injuries. Check out some other, interesting statistics as well as tips to help keep you and your family safe this 4th of July.
*[Source(s): CPSC, NFPA]
#1 – Always supervise children around fireworks.
#2 – Keep pets indoors.
#3 – Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
#4 – Avoid setting off fireworks late at night, especially after 11pm.
#5 – Store fireworks in a closed box.
#6 – Follow the instructions for each firework.
#7 – Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place them in a metal trash can away from buildings or combustible materials until the next day.
#8 – Give sparklers to children under the age of five.
#9 – Drink alcohol before or while setting off fireworks.
#10 – Approach or go near a firework that has already been lit.
#11 – Transport fireworks illegally (ex: public transportation).
#12 – Use consumer fireworks.
[source: NFPA and National Council on Fireworks Safety]
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