Stay free … from fireworks injuries

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On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. One year later, that city marked the day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells, and fireworks.

Independence Day was officially established as a holiday in 1870. As we celebrate our freedom and independence on July 4, remember to think about safety, especially around fireworks.

Each year, during the weeks around Independence Day, about 250 people every day visit the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries. To help you stay safe, here’s a list of fireworks do’s and don’ts from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.



Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of fire.

Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper; this is often a sign they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers.

Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.

After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water before discarding to prevent a trash fire.

Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.


Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

Have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday!

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