(WAFF) - When most of us think about the 4th of July we think about fireworks. But it's important to be safe to prevent injuries and fires.
In 2013, hospitals across the US treated more than 11,000 people for injuries related to fireworks. Most of those injuries were to the hands and feet.
Here are some tips to stay safe around fireworks:
• Only adults should handle fireworks.
• Make sure spectators are out of range before lighting fireworks.
• Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned
• Keep a bucket of water, a garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy.
• Never throw point or shoot fireworks towards people, pets, buildings or vehicles.
• Do not use fireworks in wooded areas.
• Never let children play with or handle sparklers. The temperature of the ignited tip can reach 1,200 degrees or greater.
Another thought to keep in mind, if you have outdoor pets, fireworks can scare them and cause them to run away. Try to keep them indoors, inside a secured fence or on a leash until the next day.
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