Fireworks are a time-honored tradition of July Fourth celebrations and a signature sound of summer, but many public displays are being cancelled this year. Health experts worry this could lead to an increase in fireworks-related injuries as more people attempt to put on their own displays.
More than two in five Americans plan to buy fireworks this year.
Things to remember:
- Never hold a firework in your hand after it's been lit
- Do not reach in to check fireworks if they don't go off. Instead, douse them with water.
- Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case of any mishaps.
- Do not allow children to access or light fireworks, and supervise use of acceptable products for children like sparklers.
- Stay sober. Most fireworks injuries involve the use of alcohol.
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