Thursday is the Fourth of July, a time for people to spend a beautiful summer day with their families. July 4 is also known for its barbequing and, of course, fireworks. However, sometimes this fun day can turn dangerous if fireworks aren’t used properly. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2011, an estimated 9,600 people were treated in hospitals for fireworks-related injuries. Even more startling, most of these injuries were to children between the ages of 5-19 years old. Fourth of July is the most common day for fireworks injuries. 

Here are some tips according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission  to keep you safe: 

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign the fireworks were made for professional displays and they could pose a danger to consumers.

Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

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