FORT MYERS, Fla. — We've seen several tents pop up around Southwest Florida, filled with different types of fireworks for July 4th, and we want to make sure you and your loved ones are safe, should you plan on using them.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average, 280 people go to the emergency room everyday with fireworks related injuries in the month around July 4th.
Some of the most injured body parts include eyes, hands, fingers and legs.
4 In Your Corner received some safety tips from Syndi Bultman, Trauma Injury Prevention & Resource Coordinator. She says:
* Do not drink or do drugs while handling fireworks
* Wear protective eye wear.
* Light only one firework at a time.
* Never hold fireworks.
* Do not pick up a dud firework; it could still explode.
* Have water nearby.
* Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
* Do not allow children to handle fireworks.
* Fireworks packaged in brown paper are made for professional use and should not be purchased.
* Sparklers can burn at temperatures from 1200 degrees to 2000 degrees.
* It is best to go see the professional displays.