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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Says Celebrate Safely By Celebrating Safety

5:29 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- They spin, sparkle and skyrocket into the air.  Fireworks are a Fourth of July tradition.

But, a study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that 65 percent of all injuries from fireworks occured 30 days surrounding Independence Day celebrations in 2011.

The consumer group reports last year there were four deaths and nearly 10,000 injuries due to the colorful pyrotechnics.

Today, the CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum and others gathered on the National Mall to demonstrate the dangers of fireworks.

"My advice is based on our data which shows that 50 percent of injuries in 2011 involved sparklers, firecrackers, reloadable shells and Roman candles.  The families who plan to experience fireworks form the backyards instead of a local fairground or school, our message is clear. Never allow children to play with or be around them unsupervised.  and adults should use caution when setting them off," Tenenbaum says.

CPSC Study On Fireworks

Federal safety officials say you should always have water or sand nearby to fully extinguish them.'

And they also want you to be mindful of safety when you transport fireworks.

PHMSA Consumer Fireworks Advisory Safety Letter

Do not place them inside the vehicle but in a spark proof container inside the trunk.

PHMSA Advises Celebrants To Practice Fireworks Safety

Now the guidelines for fireworks vary from state to state.

Fireworks are banned in the City of Alexandria and the counties of MontgomeryPrince George's and Frederick in Maryland.

But approved fireworks are permitted in LoudounFairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia along with the District of Columbia.

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