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Staying Safe This Fourth of July

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Fireworks are a summer staple and a primary part of our Fourth of July celebrations, but they can also be dangerous.

In the 27 year's he's been serving the Erie community, Deputy Fire Chief Mike Fahey says this time of year, fireworks injuries and fires are all too common.

"If they don't go up properly, that's an issue in itself," said Fahey. "Remember, they have to come down at one point. They go up, they explode and a lot of times those embers will be hot when they come to the ground."

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in the month of July around 200 people are admitted to the emergency room every day with fireworks related injuries.The most common cause is sparkers, which can reach temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees.

"The assumption is, is that they're totally safe and nothing could be further form the truth," said VP of Sales and Marketing at Big Woodies, John Kaliszewksi.

Some advice for parents and those planning to celebrate Independence Day with fireworks...

"Have an area, if it's dry out, maybe wet down the area a little bit before hand and then have a bucket of water you can properly dispose of these fireworks after they've been used," said Fahey.

"If you're lit, you shouldn't be lighting fireworks. Let somebody who's sober take care of it," said Kaliszewski. "Make certain that anything that you light, that you want to have your kids be involved in, you know what the item does."

You should always follow the instructions and keep a good distance from where you set the fireworks off.

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