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On average, 280 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Independence Day holiday. If you are planning to light fireworks at a Fourth of July celebration this week, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has these tips to stay safe:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
- Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
Some fireworks are prohibited in Minnesota. Minnesota Statute 624.20 defines fireworks that are illegal in Minnesota and those that are legal. Minnesota Statute 624.21 states that it is “unlawful for any person to offer sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or wholesale, possess, advertise, use or explode any fireworks.” Violation of this statute is a misdemeanor.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!