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How to handle fireworks safely

(METRO) Warm weather generally translates to more time spent outdoors. That means more barbecues, days spent poolside, trips to the beach and even camping excursions. This time of year also inspires people to celebrate. What better way to signal the party has started than with fireworks?

Fireworks traditionally are part of large celebrations, such as national holidays or grand opening events. Many individuals also take it on themselves to set off fireworks during block parties or other neighborhood gatherings. Though fireworks are awe-inspiring, they are also dangerous, which is why it is best to leave them to the professionals.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that fireworks-related injuries and deaths in the United States have risen by roughly 25 percent in the last 15 years. In 2021, nine people died in accidents involving fireworks, and 11,500 were injured.

“The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch the professional displays,” said Alex Hoeh-Saric, ...

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