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Law enforcement officials urge safety while using fireworks

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Use caution and play it smart while using fireworks this July 4, 2014 holiday Use caution and play it smart while using fireworks this July 4, 2014 holiday
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL - Families and friends across Alabama will gather to celebrate Independence Day with parades, parties and fireworks, and law enforcement officials are urging Alabamians to put safety first when using fireworks.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety urges safety while driving, as well as while shooting fireworks, during this July 4th holiday time period.

A 2013 study shows there were 8 deaths and 11,400 injuries related to fireworks across the United States of America.

Almost 2 out of 3 injuries occurred near the time of the July 4th holiday.

Some fireworks safety tips include: Use fireworks outdoors only; Don’t try to alter fireworks or combine them; Never relight a “dud” firework, wait 20 minutes and soak it in water; Do not use alcohol while shooting fireworks; Do not discharge fireworks within 600 feet of any enclosed building; do not shoot fireworks into or from a motor vehicle or vessel; do not shoot fireworks toward people; Only people over the age of 12 should handle sparklers of any type, and never discharge a firearm into the air as part of a celebration.

A fireworks business spokesperson says more people are pooling their money together, and creating a large fireworks show, while have parties and barbeques.

For more safety on how to properly use fireworks, click on the link below.

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/

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