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Fireworks safety tips just in time for Independence Day

MISSOURI (KFVS) - This weekend hundreds of millions of Americans will be celebrating America's independence day on Saturday, July 4.

Both the Missouri and Kentucky Fire Marshal's offices are stressing the importance of safety this holiday weekend.

The Missouri Office of the Fire Marshal reports that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending public fireworks displays put on by  professionals.

More fires are reported in the U.S. on Independence Day than any other day of the year and fireworks account for more than half of those fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

In 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 reported fires including 1,100 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 14,100 outside and other fires, according to the NPFA. Those fires resulted in an estimated eight deaths, 60 injuries and $36 million in property damage.

The Missouri and Kentucky Fire Marshal's offices suggest fireworks users follow the following safety guidelines:
  • Purchase fireworks only from a properly licensed retailer.
  • Always wear eye protection and earplugs if you have sensitive ears.
  • Tie back long hair and don't wear loose fitting clothes.
  • Only light one firework at a time.
  • Never try to re-light fireworks that have malfunctioned.
  • Never have any part of your body over fireworks.Keep young children away from fireworks.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Make sure to have water nearby in case of a fire or an accident.
  • Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water and leaving them in a trash can.
  • Never light fireworks indoors.
  • Don't use fireworks while consuming alcohol. 
  • Use a "designated shooter."
  • Don't save fireworks from season to season.
Do you know the laws on fireworks in your state? For Illinois click here. For Missouri click here. For Kentucky click here.

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