CPSC is hosting a firework demonstration

Posted: 9:22 AM, Jun 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-27 13:24:30Z

The Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold its annual fireworks safety demonstration Wednesday morning.

During the demonstration, Acting Chairman, Ann Marie Buerkle, will release the latest statistics on fireworks related deaths and injuries.

The CPSC staff will also have a live fireworks demonstration. This video will be available later on Wednesday.

According to their website, on average, over 250 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

They recommend following this safety tips when using fireworks: Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

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.

Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

We've added a link to the CPSC website for fireworks safety for more information.