Experts Stress Fireworks Safety on the Fourth

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Every Fourth of July, thousands of people are injured, because of fireworks.

Safety officials are once again reminding Americans to be careful this holiday,because fireworks are not only dangerous -- they are also deadly.

Every year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission displays on a graphic exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. A part of that exhibit is a video showing how fireworks can blow off a manniqin's head.

The CPSC said there were close to 6,000 reports of firework-related injuries around the Fourth of July last year.

For additional information on fireworks safety, click play for more with CBN News Reporter Lorie Johnson.

Two people died in fireworks accidents involving aerial shells.

"If you live in a state that allows fireworks, then use them responsibly. Never let a child use fireworks unsupervised, and you use them with an abundance of caution if you're using them with your family," the video warned.

Safety Rules When Lighting Fireworks

  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Always have water handy.
  • Never try to relight a "dud" firecracker. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks.
  • And do not ever use homemade fireworks.

Safety experts say that following these rules just might save your life.

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