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Fireworks safety reminders from the New Albany Fire Dept. for Fourth of July

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Fireworks can be entertaining and exciting on the Fourth of July, but in the wrong hands, they can be dangerous.

Keith Kaiser hung out with the New Albany Fire Department to demonstrate fireworks safety.

Consumer fireworks have gone through stringent testing and have become safer than ever.

But still, you are dealing with fire and explosives.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these common sense safety tips to reduce injuries.

Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.

Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.

Fireworks should only be used outdoors.

Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.

Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting.

Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.

Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.

Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!

Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department

And note these special safety tips, if using sparklers:

Always remain standing while using sparklers.

Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.

Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.

Never throw sparklers.

Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.

Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges Americans to follow these common sense safety rules.

CLICK HERE for more information on fireworks safety.

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