As the Fourth of July approaches fire department urges respect and caution when using fireworks

With the Fourth of July now just a week away, city officials and fire departments are urging residents to be mindful when using fireworks. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the highest number of deaths and injuries from fireworks across the US occurred in 2020. At least 18 people died, and over 15,60 firework injuries were reported that year.

There was a 33% increase in deaths from 2019 and an over 50% increase in reported injuries. Local fire departments are urging residents to consider safety first and foremost when discharging fireworks.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and not let children handle fireworks unless under adult supervision.

Also, be sure to have a bucket of water, garden hose, or extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency. Finally, do not handle dud fireworks as they may still ignite even if they appear burnout.

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