According to St. Pete Fire and Rescue, 200 people on average go to the emergency room every day with firework related injuries in the month of July.
Tampa, Florida -- It's that time of year again -- fireworks and fun are everywhere.
But the above video is a reminder that fireworks can get out of control. The firework tent explosion video is from 2007 in Port Richey and the fire was started after a man walked into the fireworks stand and lit a single firework on the table which started the chain reaction. Five adults and a child were inside and luckily no one was seriously injured. The man who started the fire was arrested for arson.
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According to St. Pete Fire and Rescue, 200 people on average go to the emergency room every day with firework related injuries in the month of July. Some of the most injured body parts due to fireworks include hands and fingers, heads, faces and ears, legs and eyes.
To prevent these injuries remember:
- Keep fireworks, lighters, and matches away from children
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks
- Sparklers are not toys, they burn at 1200 degrees
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully
- Keep away-after lighting a firework, immediately back off and try to maintain a safe distance
- Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of an emergency
- As an extra precaution, douse burned fireworks with water before discarding them in the trash
- Illegal and homemade Fireworks were involved in all 6 fireworks related reported deaths in 2012
- Never use fireworks under the influence of alcohol
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has created the following infographic on fireworks-related injuries:
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