About 10,000 people a year suffer broken bones, burns, severe cuts, blindness and other serious injuries in fireworks-related accidents.
About 15 people a year die.The National Fire Protection Association has a simple solution: "Leave fireworks where they belong-- in the hands of professionals. The association urges you NOT to use fireworks because they are too dangerous."
Though not trying to suggest people cease using fireworks, the Salt Lake Fire Department is joining public safety agencies around the country in warning people about the risks of firecrackers, sparklers, Roman candles and other forms of explosive July holiday delights.
Some simple precautions will help take the danger out of fireworks:
-Use only legal fireworks. Not only will you be safer but you'll avoid being arrested.
-Set off fireworks in an open area away from overhead obstructions and dry vegetation.
-Keep a water hose handy to extinguish any small fire.
-Keep a pail of water close by. Place all spent fireworks in this pail immediately after use.
-Keep small children away from fireworks. Don't allow them to run with sparklers because a fall could set their clothes afire or cause them to lose an eye.
-Don't allow children to set off fireworks without adult supervision.