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Firework Salesman Encourages Safety

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The Fourth of July is still a few days away, but many people are already celebrating. Fireworks went on sale on Friday. Many people enjoy shooting off fireworks as part of their Independence Day celebration.  But there are a few things you should know before you bring them home for your family.

Kids of all ages look forward to lighting off fireworks on July 4, but while fireworks can be fun, they can also be dangerous.

"All fireworks should be done under adult supervision at all times and making sure there is safety and enough clearance for those things. But age appropriate, you don't want a two-year-old playing around with big firecrackers. And make sure that that 12-year-old understand the inherent danger with those artillery shell that you may have purchased for him," says Kurt Ohnell the manager of Memory Fireworks.

Ohnell says even sparklers can cause injury. He recommends parents purchase wooden sparklers for younger children.

"The wired ones will continually be a lot hotter when they're done. And the kids have, at times, burned their hands grabbing that hot wire. Whereas, a wood one lessens that opportunity," says Ohnell.

He says it's also important to understand what your children can handle. Some children don't like loud noises or big displays.

For younger children, he recommends small items that don't need to be lit, such as party poppers and snaps. For older children, he recommends novelty items, like smoke bombs or parachutes, but while these fireworks are better suited for children, safety should still come first.

"Always respect the fact that you're dealing with explosives, whether it's a tiny little snap or a large artillery shell. You're still dealing with an explosive that can be inherently dangerous," says Ohnell.

It's also important to be aware of your surroundings and know where sparks are landing. Because even if grass is green, old growth can still catch on fire.

Ohnell says if you light a firework and it doesn't go off, it's important to pour water over the top of it before picking it up or throwing it away. Employees at Memory Fireworks are trained to help customers pick the fireworks that are best suited for them. Fireworks will be on sale through July 5.

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