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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, all fireworks, by their nature, are hazardous and can cause injuries.

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Fireworks are classified as hazardous substances under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). Some fireworks should never be handled by non-professionals because of the risk of serious injury and death.

According to the most recent statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 11,000 people were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks in 2013. Of this number, 65 percent of the injuries occurred around July 4.

Make the choice to protect yourself and your family from fireworks injuries.

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
  • Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper, which often means they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers.
  • Make sure you, your kids, and others watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
  • Call 911 immediately if someone is injured from fireworks.

For more information about fireworks safety, click here.

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