Fireworks Safety

Don't Blow It!

(NBC News) With the 4th of July coming Wednesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is raising awareness about the dangers of fireworks.

Eight people were killed last year from fireworks-related accidents, according to the CPSC, and nearly 13,000 were injured.

Most injuries were caused by products often considered safe for kids.

“Keep sparklers out of the hands of children. Sparklers can burn up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, just like a blow torch,” said acting Chairman of the CPSC Ann Marie Buerkle.

Safety experts say kids should never handle any kind of fireworks and if you use consumer firecrackers, keep water close by in case something catches fire.