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Use caution when celebrating this summer, especially when around fireworks. Fireworks are often used during special events and holidays, but are not safe in the hands of consumers and often are the cause of many accidents and injuries. On average, fireworks cause 20,000 reported fires per year.
The National Fire Protection Association strongly urges against the use of consumer fireworks. Consumer fireworks include sparklers and firecrackers, as sparklers burn hot enough to reach 1,200 degrees and can cause third-degree burns. 41 percent of fireworks injuries each year are from sparklers.
Stay safe by leaving the firework shows to the professionals. During these events, make sure to keep children close when fireworks are displayed.