As 4th approaches, first responders urge importance of firework safety - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/2/09

As 4th approaches, first responders urge importance of firework safety

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - They light up the sky, but can be deadly. Just one day before the Fourth of July local first responders want you to use common sense with fireworks.

Fireworks stands are all over the county and we all know what they sell lights up the sky. Folks are reminded every year just how dangerous the spark can be. About 7,000 people in 2008 were injured from fireworks and according to local EMS, nationwide nearly 4,000 children under the age of 14 were critically injured. "Always read the instructions, make sure children are always supervised by an adult. Do not handle while in your hand and don't go throwing and shooting them off at each other," advises EMS Director Chris Teague.

Officials say some things to remember, if you are shooting off fireworks, bottle rockets, roman candles, or even sparklers, keep either water, a fire-extinguisher or even sand close by. Do not try to pick up or relight a dead or dud firework. The statistics show that half the fireworks related injuries that children under five suffer are caused by something that seems so innocent - sparklers. First responders urge folks to use common sense to ensure your family has a safe blast this holiday.

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