Keep These Fireworks Safety Tips In Mind

Street Closures Planned for Macy's Fireworks Show

Celebrate Independence Day with artillery demonstrations, a cookout, historical games, music and more at Valley Forge National Park on Tuesday from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m., 1400 N. Outer Line Drive in King of Prussia.

But for firefighters in ME, the Cumberland blaze was one of only 25 that would be blamed on fireworks in 2016.

Fireworks are illegal to bring back into MA, even if they're purchased legally in other states.

State legislation passed in 2011 reclassified sky lanterns as special fireworks exclusively for use by individuals with a professional license (certified flame effect operator, certified outdoor display operator or certified proximate pyrotechnic operator).

The U.S. Forest Service has also advised that fireworks are prohibited from National Forests in the state; the possession or discharge of all types of fireworks and pyrotechnics are prohibited on all national forests year round, and all fires need to be extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them. "Fireworks of any kind are NEVER allowed on federal lands", the department warns.

Lewistown will hold its fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. tonight, presented by the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce. By 2016, professional displays comprised less than 10 percent.

Many fireworks injuries are the result of misuse or malfunction of fireworks.

They bring both thrills and danger. Leave fireworks to the professionals. The fireworks event draws over a half-million spectators from across the country to witness the world class patriotic display by Pyro Shows of Texas. While Kehler could not provide specific numbers related to the past five years, he claimed there were no calls for fireworks- related burns last year.

As the Fourth of July approaches people are flocking to buy fireworks. If fragments of fireworks come back to the ground, do not touch them.

Sparklers, along with bottle rockets, firecrackers, Roman candles and M-class fireworks, all have their own risks. Even a small quantity can impair a person's judgement and ability to properly set fireworks off safely. In 2008, the rate was down to 2.3 people. Beyond such statistics, however low, every year there are disgusting stories of both children and adults being maimed and killed. Other items, defined as "consumer fireworks" that include aerial fireworks, can not be bought or used by Pennsylvania residents without a permit issued by a local municipality, Keyes said.

This organization regulates fireworks under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.

Georgia has some places where fireworks are banned.

Today, it is working to lower injury rates again by requiring manufacturers to adhere to higher standards. There were also at least 11 non-occupational fireworks-related deaths that year, nine of which were related to reloadable aerial devices and the other two with making homemade fireworks. Also avoid trying to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited. The designated shooter should wear safety goggles while setting them off and abstain from alcoholic beverages until they are done, he said. Fireworks may go off anytime between 7:30 and 10:30, weather permitting. This ensures people downwind from the explosions are not poisoned by breathing the smoke.

Each July 4th thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.

The National Council on Firework Safety has the following guidelines for personal firework use: Before firing off any legal fireworks, be sure to read the directions and caution warnings before attempting to use them. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

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