• By Elizabeth Coots, Extension Agent

Family and Consumer Sciences: Family firework safety

During this time of year, fireworks are a common item at celebrations. Unfortunately, fireworks can cause serious injuries. Fireworks can cause death and injury, including burns, contusions, lacerations and foreign objects in the eye. The safest way to watch fireworks is by attending a professional show. If you choose to do fireworks at home, make the choice to protect yourself and your family from fireworks injuries.

• Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

• Always have firework activities outside.

• Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper, which often means they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers.

• Fireworks should be stored in a cool, dry place.

• If a firework does not light the first time, do not try to relight it.

• Make sure you, your kids, and others watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.

• Pour water on all firework pieces before you put them in the trashcan.

• Call 911 immediately if someone is injured from fireworks.

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