Stay safe on the 4th of July and avoid being one of the hundreds sent to them emergency room with an injury from a firework.
Leading up to the 4th of July, hundreds of people will visit the emergency room with injuries from fireworks. Hands and fingers account for the most injuries, 46 percent, with sparklers being the single most injury-prone firework according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
While injures from fireworks are common, a few simple safety tips can prevent trips to the emergency room on this 4th of July.
Know your fireworks
Make sure you read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting. As fireworks can be redesigned from year to year, what performed one way last year might perform differently this year.
Have a designated shooter
For family shows, have one person designated to light and fire your night fireworks. Also, make sure spectators are a safe distance away from the show.
Have parental supervision
Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks and should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks, including sparklers.
Don't relight the "duds"
Never try to relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes before touching the firework and then soak it in a bucket of water.
After the fun has passed, soak spent fireworks with water before throwing them away outside.
- National News
Police: Suspected killers wore GPS devices
Two convicted sex offenders dutifully checked in with police every month and wore their GPS trackers around the clock — the rules of parole that are designed to tip off authorities if a freed felon backslides.
Questions linger year after Boston Marathon bombs
A surveillance video shows a man prosecutors say is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placing a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, just yards from where an 8-year-old boy was killed when it exploded.
10 Things to Know for Tuesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
Aw, geez, 'Fargo' is on TV with Billy Bob Thornton
After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put “Fargo” on series TV.
Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak
Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that Moscow was interfering in the region.
Drivers in California crash had clean records
Both drivers in the fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records.
Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations
The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies
Authorities say a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage.
Deal signs bill extending tax-free holiday weekends
Gov. Nathan Deal today signed House Bill 958, legislation that will extend the statewide back-to-school tax-free holiday and ENERGY STAR and WaterSense appliance tax-free holiday weekends for an additional two years.
Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years
As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.
- More National News Headlines
- Police: Suspected killers wore GPS devices