Safety first when it comes to fireworks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fireworks are a big part of the Fourth of July celebration each year. But many adults and children are burned and disfigured by pyrotechnics.

WDRB's Keith Kaiser joined the Clarksville Fire Department to show the dangers of fireworks and the safest way to enjoy them. The department recommends people leave fireworks to the professionals, but if you are going to set them off yourself, there are some things to know.

Always have safety equipment nearby, including a bucket of water to extinguish fireworks, protective eyewear and gloves, a long lighter and a water hose.

Though sparklers and firecrackers seem innocent enough, they account for almost 40% of all fireworks related accidents. Sparklers can reach temperatures of 1200 to 1600 degrees - hot enough to melt glass - and they can still be very hot after they go out.

The vast majority of injuries are burns, primarily to the hands, fingers, head, face, eyes and ears.

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Fireworks Safety Tips:

- Never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks.

- Store in a cool, dry place, out of children's reach.

- Always purchase from licensed dealers.

- Use a clear, open area. Keep audience a safe distance away from the shooting site.

- Never attempt to re-light or alter fireworks.

- Have an extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby.

- Be cautious of lighting any during strong wind conditions and light with wind blowing away from the spectators.

- Never aim, point, or throw at another person.

- Always use outdoors.

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