Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:
Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
Do not use consumer fireworks.
Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.
In 2011, almost 18,000 fires were caused by fireworks.
Sparklers cause 16% of fireworks injuries.
Sparklers burn 1200 degrees F.
The NFPA is opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This includes sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
Information provided by NFPA through local safety and security experts at Wayne Alarm.
www.waynealarm.com and www.nfpa.org/education
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