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6/29/2012 - How to celebrate America's birthday safely


Consumers should be careful handling fireworks.

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, many Americans will be celebrating the United States' 236th birthday with their own personal fireworks' displays. However, all too often, the misuse of fireworks winds up causing injury or damaging a person's home.

To prevent this from occurring, the National Council on Fireworks Safety is offering consumers with a few tips to follow so they can celebrate as safely as possible.

One of the most important things consumers should be aware of are the laws in their state governing personal fireworks, as several states have ban private fireworks displays. As such, NCFS says that individuals should find out if fireworks are legal to use before using them.

If they are allowable, the safety organization says users should have water in the area so a lit flame can be quickly doused if there is a problem. In addition, when lighting them, be sure to wear safety glasses to err on the side of caution.

Other safety tips to heed include only using fireworks outdoors, never relighting a firework that doesn't launch on the first attempt and only using fireworks that are bought in stores, as opposed to homemade.

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