Don’t forget to practice fireworks safety before the holidays

Pittsburgh (KDKA)-The July 4th celebration is known for fireworks, big and small.

However, fireworks-related injuries have seen a startling rise, with thousands of Americans landing in hospitals.

Here are some important tips to keep you safe this holiday weekend.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is calling on Americans to play this Independence Day safely.

The new CPSC report shows that fireworks-related injuries have increased by 25% over the last 15 years. Last year, at least nine people died and an estimated 11,500 people visited the emergency room.

These numbers have declined from their peak in 2020.

“The overall trend is still high and we want people to understand that fireworks are explosives. Fireworks are dangerous,” said Alex Hane Salik, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Most recently, a 14-year-old child in the Seattle area lost one hand while playing with fireworks and injured the other.

The CPSC warns that fireworks are not for children, not even sparklers.

“They burn at about 2,000 degrees, so it’s like giving a blow torch to a child,” Hoehn-Saric added.

During the pandemic, many cities canceled the holiday fireworks. And more consumers will host their backyard shows. But on July 4th of this year, it will be much easier to find public fireworks.

Experts say attending a professional exhibition is a safer way to celebrate.

If you plan to use fireworks at home, remember the acronym “WOW”.

“W” (for water) is useful for extinguishing fire.

“O”-one at a time. Never extinguish multiple fireworks.

“W”-When it lights up, it leaves.

Also, do not make or use illegal fireworks.

“The explosion can be much larger than expected because the fuse burns too fast or is overloaded,” Hoehn-Saric said.

This year, July 4th, is Monday, expanding celebration opportunities and potential accidents.

Make sure fireworks are legal in your area and buy and offset only fireworks with consumer labels.

Don’t forget to practice fireworks safety before the holidays

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