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Local law enforcement is urging fireworks safety in celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.

In fact, more than 200 people are hurt every day leading up to the celebration of our country's independence.

Fireworks Safety Tips:

  • Celebratory gunfire: Celebratory gunfire into the air is dangerous and illegal. During celebrations associated with the holiday, it is sometimes forgotten. A bullet can travel as far as two miles or more. Police said if you see someone fire a gun into the air to contact 911.
  • Sparklers: Fourth of July sparklers reach 1,200 degree Fahrenheit. Kids under 12 are recommended to only use them under close adult supervision. Dispose used sparklers in water when finished.
  • Igniting fireworks: Do not ignite any fireworks in your hands. All fireworks should be ignited on the ground.
  • Faulty fireworks: If the fireworks you purchased are not performing properly, discontinue use immediately. Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.
  • Report illegal explosives: like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
  • Illegal fireworks are: any fireworks that explode or launch into the air are illegal in the State of Florida. The Agriculture Exemption you may sign when purchasing fireworks from retail sales is not appropriate if you use your fireworks in the improper zoning area, such as a residential neighborhood. Fireworks rules can differ from county to county.

So what kind of fireworks cause the most injuries? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 25 percent of injuries are from unspecified fireworks; 23 percent are from firecrackers; 12 percent are from sparklers and bottle rockets.

The CPSC has created the following infographic on fireworks-related injuries:

image created by the CPSC

For more information on fireworks safety, rules and regulations, visit FireworksSafety.org.

WKMG Local 6 contributed to this report.

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