PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As the Fourth of July holiday gets closer, safety officials are issuing their annual reminders on being careful when handling fireworks.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “during the 30 days surrounding last year’s Independence Day holiday, there were about 6,300 reports of injuries involving fireworks.”

Officials with the CPSC say about 40 percent of injuries that happened over that time were related to firecrackers, bottle rockets and sparklers.

The most frequently reported injuries included burns and lacerations to the hands, face and head.

In a press release, the CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said: “Never assume that a fireworks device is safe based on its size and never allow young children to play with or light fireworks. By knowing the dangers of all types of fireworks, consumers can prevent tragedies.”

The CPSC also offered a number of fireworks safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite 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

For the full list of safety steps and much more information, visit this link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.

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