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Safe alternatives to fireworks

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Hands, fingers and legs. These three areas of your body make up half of the approximately 9,100 fireworks-related injuries treated in ERs each year, the National Fire Protection Association says. (Eyes and other parts of the head come next.)

Kids ages 10-14 are most at risk. A common culprit? Sparklers. They may look harmless, but they burn at about 1,200° F and account for about 25% of fireworks injuries, the NFPA says.

The association adds that “more than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually.”

So, this year, how about leaving the fireworks show to the professionals and choosing a safer alternative for your at-home celebrations?

The NFPA has some suggestions:

  • Glow sticks
  • Noisemakers
  • Red, white and blue silly string
  • Homemade crafts, such as decorated star wands or patriotic pinwheels

Have fun and be safe!

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