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Consumer Product Safety Commission advises people to be cautious with fireworks

28 June 2017

Fire officials across the Panhandle are again preaching safety and preventing fireworks-related fires.

"Improperly handled fireworks can result in life-changing injuries and even death", said Douglas County Health director, Dr. Adi Pour.

"If they're legally using any kind of fireworks, most people have a good tolerance after the sun goes down", he said. Almost 50 percent of those injured are between the ages of 25-54, and one in five injury cases involve children under the age of 15. Injuries to hands and fingers accounted for 31 percent of the injuries, while eye injuries tallied 12.1 percent. Legal Consumer Fireworks do not include things like firecrackers, bottle rockets, and missiles. Recent hot weather also has increased the fire danger index in many areas of the state.

Sparklers and fountains are not technically considered fireworks and can be sold in the state to people who are 16 years old and up.

There are some small scale fireworks that can be used in city limits.

Proper handling of fireworks varies by type, but instructions and use should be clearly stated on the label.

It's against the law to set off consumers fireworks from streets and sidewalks or on any property other than your own without the permission of the property owner.

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Only approved legal fireworks may be discharged.

Sedgwick County Emergency Communications will staff a non-emergency line for fireworks complaints on July 1-4 from 6:30 p.m. until 3 a.m. Typically, most of those firework-related injuries happen between July 1 and 7.

Union officials urged spectators to attend a professional fireworks show, and avoid any amateur display.

The Fourth of July period is one for outdoor fun and frolic.

Rhoads said it's also important to only purchase fireworks from an authorized retailer.

"Children should not be around them without adult supervision".

The user must exercise caution when using Safe-N-Sane fireworks.

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Keep a ready source of water available i.e. a connected hose; a fire extinguisher or bucket of water should suffice.

Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.

"Never relight a dud; fireworks are like little bombs", he added.

Do not point or throw fireworks at another person, object, or animal.

Fireworks should not be carried in your pocket or shot into metal or glass containers.

Only use fireworks in an open, outdoor area. "Even if in the meantime you put the fire out, we would rather have a fire truck en route and not be needed, than not get called and the fire get out of hand".

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Consumer Product Safety Commission advises people to be cautious with fireworks