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Firefighters urge safety around fireworks

The Independence Day holiday is drawing near. With it, comes fireworks, large gatherings and celebrations. The Columbus Fire Department is urging you to be careful with fireworks to ensure you, and those around you, are able to celebrate safely.

Captain Mike Wilson, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department, says that it is important to know that serious injuries can occur in the blink of an eye. Citing a study by the National Fire Protection Association, two out of five people injured by fireworks are children under the age of 15. He says that same study reports that seven percent of fireworks related injuries require hospitalization. The most common reported injuries are to the hands, face and eyes.

Wilson says that parents need to be especially vigilant during this period in assuring that children do not possess dangerous fireworks or mishandle legal ones. In Indiana, children under the age of 18 may only possess or use fireworks when an adult is present. He says that even a sparkler can cause serious injuries, noting that they can burn up to 1200 degrees.

The Columbus Fire Department is offering the following tips to help you ensure that you have a safe holiday experience:

·    Always were shoes in an area where fireworks are being used. Sparkler sticks can burn the skin after being discarded.
·    Have a water source handy.
·    Wear eye and hearing protection when lighting fireworks.
·    Light only one firework at a time.
·    Don't try to relight fireworks that don't light initially.
·    Ensure rubbish or leaves are cleared from the area where fireworks will be used.
·    Ensure all ignition sources are returned to an adult if children are lighting fireworks.
·    Don't place your face or body over a mortar style firework.
·    Call 911 if you receive a burn. Burns victims are at a high risk for developing an infection.


Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014 5:12:30 PM

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