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Fire officials stress safety to avoid fireworks injuries

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Today is the Fourth of July, and local emergency responders are stressing the importance of safety when handling fireworks this holiday weekend.

DJ Glenn, a firefighter and paramedic with the Scottsbluff Fire Department, says the most common injuries people receive when using fireworks are to their hands and eyes.

Glenn says children should always have adult supervision around and to never stand over the top of fireworks or sparks after lighting them. 

"The biggest thing, which is heard a lot, use common sense. Don't light them in dry grass, be safe with them and have some people there, keep a bucket of water handy and by all means if there's an issue don't be afraid to call 911," said Glenn.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people on average go to the emergency room each day with fireworks-related injuries. 36 percent of the time hands are the most injured body part, followed by the face 22 % of the time. Sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit which is as hot as a blow torch.

For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/
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