The Alabama Department of Public Health and a federal agency is once again urging Alabamians to use caution and common sense when it comes to fireworks on the Fourth of July.
According to a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, eight people were killed by fireworks accidents last year.
In 2004, some 6,600 people were injured in the month-long period before and after the nation's birthday.
The report says 40 percent of the injuries were suffered by children under the age of 15. Almost half the injuries came from garden variety fire crackers, sparklers and rockets.
Safety tips from the CPSC include never pointing fireworks at another person and lighting one item at a time before moving back quickly.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in the area before buying or
- Adults should always supervise.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light one item at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them in metal or glass containers.
On the Net: Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov