How to Stay Safe with Fireworks on July 4th

Fourth of July is just around the corner, which means fireworks will soon be lighting up the sky.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

Big Tex fireworks stand owner Michelle Booth Says safety should be a priority when handling fireworks this upcoming holiday.

“Always follow the manufacturers instructions, you are dealing with gunpowder and dynamite type of stuff. So it can be dangerous, if you do not follow the manufacturers warnings, which are listed on every firework,” said Booth.

Booth says to be aware of your surroundings when trying to light any kind of firework. Whether you’re setting off a sparkler or a Black Cat, make sure you keep an eye on your child.

“Please supervise your children, do not let the children hold the fireworks while its still lit, that’s when danger comes in,” said Booth.

Booth advises residents to not re-light a firework, and to not throw them straight in the trash.

“Soak them in a bucket of water for at least twenty minutes, and then dispose of them,” said Booth.

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