Summer means picnics, barbecues, parades and fireworks displays, especially around the 4th of July. Summer also means an increase in injuries from backyard grills, bonfires and fireworks. In 2014, an estimated 10,500 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, 35 percent of whom were under 15 years old.
About 20 percent of the injuries were from all firecrackers, 2 percent from bottle rockets and 19 percent from sparklers.
The National Safety Council advises that the best way to safely enjoy this 4th of July is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals.
However, if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to use them, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
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