Fourth of July sparks warning about fireworks

July 03, 1993|By Knight-Ridder News Service

July 4 means parades, picnics and barbecues with family and friends.

It is also the busiest time of the year for fireworks.

Firecrackers, sparklers and Roman candles lighting the sky are a holiday tradition, but this is also the time to worry about injuries.

Nearly 13,000 people -- most under 15 -- were injured by fireworks in 1992, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Seemingly harmless fireworks such as sparklers also cause injury. Sparklers are the leading cause of fireworks injuries for children under 5.

Fireworks laws differ from state to state.

The National Safe Kids Campaign recommends attending official fireworks celebrations instead of having your own, discussing fireworks safety rules with your children, and making sure youngsters know how to use a fire extinguisher.

The Safe Kids Campaign recommends:

* Never give fireworks to a small child.

* Always have an adult present.

* Never use fireworks indoors.

* Never aim fireworks at another person.

* Never try to reignite fireworks.

* Have water handy.

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