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Tips for a safer Fourth of July

From Mike Keltner, Directory
Adair County Emergency Management

It's that time of year when Americans everywhere will be celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with family, friends, and fireworks. Unfortunately, over the past 15 years, there has been an increase in the number of people injured during this festive time.

A new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) finds a significant upward trend in fireworks-related injuries. Between 2006 and 2021, injuries with fireworks climbed 25% in the U.S., according to CPSC estimates.

Last year, at least nine people died, and an estimated 11,500 were injured in incidents involving fireworks.

Tips to Celebrate Safely:


  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit--hot enough to melt some metals.

  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.

  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move quickly away from the fireworks device.

  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

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

  • Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.

  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.

  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.

  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.



This story was posted on 2022-06-30 11:35:37
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Celebrate Safely this Fourth of July



2022-06-30 - Photo courtesy Mike Keltner.
Fireworks safety information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Sparklers can burn as hot as a blow torch



2022-06-30 - Photo courtesy Mike Keltner.
Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit--hot enough to melt some metals.

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