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How to stay safe this Independence Day

28 June, 2017, 13:10 | Author: Mae Harvey
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Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2015 was the worst year for fireworks injuries in at least 15 years. Sparklers alone account for more than a quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries. "During the Fourth of July Holiday, the Winchester Police Department with the assistance of the Winchester Fire Marshal's Office will be enforcing all of the state laws and regulations on fireworks".

While it's illegal to shoot fireworks inside the city limits and legal in the county under certain circumstances, it can cause major problems when celebrations turn into fires. Almost 50 percent of those injured are between the ages of 25-54, and one in five injury cases involve children under the age of 15.

Cronin also noted there was a key difference between fireworks and explosives. Some examples include fountains, sparklers, snakes and smoke effects, ground spinners and snap pops.

Fireworks may not be ignited before July 1, something that Snow said is a little understood fact of firework safety.

No matter where you live, state law says you can only set off fireworks from private property.

The state issued 867 licenses this year for retail firework tents and stands. Goose Creek city ordinances do not either, thought it does list Fourth of July as one of five designated days in which fireworks can be discharged in the city (the other four days are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day).

The 2017 OR firework sales season begins Tuesday, June 23 through July 6.

Because fireworks can be very hazardous, the best way to enjoy them is by viewing displays put on by trained and certified professionals.

An Alachua County man was killed last Fourth of July after an accidental explosion.

People need to check with their local authorities (city or county) to determine what is allowable in their neighborhood.

Eye protection should also be worn when using fireworks and all fireworks should only be lit one time.

Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

Experts will recreate situations to demonstrate how people have been killed or seriously injured by fireworks.

"Be sure to light fireworks on pavement where is it safe, away from flammables such as dry vegetation, homes and vehicles".

Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

~Place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.

Never relight a "dud" firework.

~Point or throw fireworks at other people.

Never ignite fireworks inside a can, jar or other containers.

"Use them for their intended goal", he said.

~Never experiment with or make your own fireworks.

"Some guy in his basement or garage is mixing flash powder and putting into tubes", he said, "They will invariably blow themselves up at some point".

Subervi said the reason there are so many injuries is because there is a lack of awareness of the dangers of fireworks.

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