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Q: What are some safety tips for using fireworks?

Posted July 10, 2013 in Advice Column, Norwalk

A: With warm weather and family events, playing with fireworks in the evenings can be a fun time with great memories (even after the Fourth of July). But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in kids and adults; keep yourself and family safe. Firing fireworks at home isn’t legal in a lot of areas, so check with your local police first

Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing and hair. Also, don’t allow your kids to pickup pieces of fireworks after an event; they might still be ignited and can explode at any time.

Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents. Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest. Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.

Take extra precautions, and these fun activities will be a blast.

Information provided by Tami Dickeson, Norwalk Nursing and Rehab, 921 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, 515-981-0604.

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