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IN experts stress fireworks safety ahead of July 4th

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Friday, June 28, 2024   

As Hoosiers gear up for Independence Day, safety experts are stressing the importance of handling fireworks responsibly.

Trevor Hash, division chief for prevention at the Noblesville Fire Department, warned against using illegal fireworks because of the dangers they pose. Injuries are less common now thanks to awareness but there still will likely be injuries.

"As far as injuries go, we've had injuries in the past -- they're not as common because of things like what you're doing right now -- the awareness of you don't want to go out there and touch the dud," Hash explained. "You want to have an adult set them off and have a big perimeter."

Last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported around 10,000 fireworks-related injuries and eight fatalities in the nation. Hash reminded everyone fireworks can easily ignite nearby structures, vegetation and clothing, leading to severe burns, lacerations and eye injuries. Keep children at least 100 feet away and never let them handle fireworks.

Hash also noted the stress fireworks can cause for people with PTSD and pets.

"Pets around fireworks; pets run out, people chase the pets and then they get injured," Hash observed. "And then the duds. Don't go grab the firework. We want to give those five to 10 minutes to see if they're going to go off. If you can leave those overnight, even better. We definitely want to make sure those go in a bucket of water."

According to Indiana law, only people 18 years of age or older can purchase fireworks.


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