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How to keep your family safe this Fourth of July

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Help your family stay safe this Fourth of July with the following tips from Renee Zarr, Kohl's Injury Prevention Education Coordinator.

Learn more online at www.childrensdmc.org/KIPP.


 
Facts:

  • around the Fourth of July, thousands of children and adults are injured by fireworks
  • the risk of firework injuries is greatest to children ages 5-19 and adults 25-44
  • nearly 90% of emergency room firework related injuries are from ones that are legal


Safety Tips:

  • always follow city and state laws
  • children should NEVER light fireworks
  • all bystanders should stay a safe distance away
  • never re-light fireworks
  • Sparklers are not "safe" - they burn around 1,200 degrees
  • always keep a hose, bucket of water and fire extinguisher close by
  • thoroughly soak in water all used and "dud" fireworks before throwing them away
  • make sure all unused fireworks and lighters are stored in a dry, cool area out of children's reach
  • safest way to see fireworks is at a public display
  • Log on to michiganfireworks.com to search by date, city or county
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