Fourth of July fireworks safety tips

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Many cities and communities in or near Riverside County provide spectacular fireworks displays for their residents. The operators of these displays are licensed and have permits issued by the State Fire Marshal.

As a reminder (other than the licensed and permitted operators mentioned above), all fireworks (including sparklers) are illegal in Riverside County because they cause serious injuries and very often, cause fires.

Although fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. On average, 240 people go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

Remember, fireworks can cause serious burn and eye injuries. You can help prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths by working with a national, state or local organization where you live to promote fireworks safety in your community.

Better yet, let the experts entertain your family at an event throughout the southland. To locate an event near you, visit www.riversidesheriff.orgt/fireworks/fireworks.asp.

If you are in an area where fireworks are allowed, follow these safety tips when using them:

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Happy Independence Day!  Be safe!