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July 2, 2013

Fireworks spark safety concerns

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“Even legal fireworks should only be used with close adult supervision,” Hudgens said. “For the sake of safety and seeing a spectacular display, your best bet is to attend a professional show.” 

Another safety concern that has shown up in Baldwin County according to Somers is injuries caused by ground sparklers. The most injured body parts in 2012 for children are the hands, fingers and eyes, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

“We’ve seen a number of cases in past years of kids picking up ground sparklers and pointing them at each other,” said Somers. “Sparklers should never be placed near your body. They may seem harmless but they can reach temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees.”  

Another important safety tip to keep in mind is to always read the directions on the package. 

“Read the caution label and directions on fireworks’ packaging before lighting them and never try to re-light a firework,” he said. 

Somers also suggests keeping a bucket of water or a usable garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap. 

For more safety tips on the proper way to handle fireworks, Somers suggests visiting the Baldwin County Fire Rescue Facebook page www.facebook.com/baldwincountyfirerescue

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