By Gary Lloyd
CENTER POINT — The Center Point Fire District has offered fireworks safety tips for this week’s July Fourth holiday.
Of the more than 9,000 fireworks injuries that occur in the U.S. each year, about 45 percent are to children 15 and under, according to a press release. Most injuries are to their head and eyes. The leading contributors are firecrackers, sparkler and bottle rockets.
These guidelines can help ensure a safer July Fourth holiday:
- Only adults should handle fireworks.
- Make sure spectators are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned.
- Keep a bucket of water, a garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy.
- Never throw, point or shoot fireworks toward people, pets, buildings or vehicles.
- Don’t use fireworks in wooded areas.
- Never let children play with or handle sparklers. The temperature of the ignited tip can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.
The Center Point Fire District covers Clay, Pinson and other nearby areas.
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