Celebrate Fourth of July safely: Fireworks dangers shown using mannequins

CLEVELAND - The Fourth of July holiday is just a week away. That means fireworks will be going off around northeast Ohio.

It's important to remember safety when handling fireworks. In 2012, fireworks injuries sent more than 5,000 people to the emergency room in the 30 day surrounding the Fourth of July. Consumer Safety experts say firecrackers, aerial explosives and homemade devices caused the most harm.

As a safety reminder, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission held its annual fireworks safety demonstration using mannequins.

The commission is encouraging families to stick to community fireworks shows instead of putting on their own home displays.

If you do decide to set of your own fireworks there are a few simple precautions to take:

1.       Set them of on a dry, flat surface.

2.       Have a water hose available.

3.       Never bend over a firework to light it.

4.       Never pick up a dud if it doesn't go off the first time.

Safety experts say sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit – as hot as a blow torch. Always make sure an adult is present when using any type of fireworks.

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