Play it safe with fireworks tonight

July 4, 2013

NEW — Noon July 4, 2013

The Fourth of July — what a day for picnics, family get-togethers, and of course fireworks!

However, an average of 10,000 fireworks related injuries are reported every year in emergency rooms across the country, according to Eastside Fire & Rescue. Alarming statistics show children between the ages of 6 and 11 account for the highest percentage of injuries.

Even legal fireworks can be dangerous. Something as simple as a fireworks sparkler burns at a temperature of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. All too often, such fireworks that are considered legal end up in the hands of young children who are unsupervised.

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