Officials remind residents of dangers of fireworks as July 4 approaches

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Fireworks at Kings Island - July 1st-3rd Kings Island's nightly fireworks display will be about 3 times as large as their usual 10 p.m. displays. Children like the entirety of celebrations during the early days of the month. "Playing with fireworks is unsafe, so we urge caution".

Fireworks have always been a part of Independence Day holiday festivities.

There will also be the annual fireworks show over Gun Lake on Saturday, July 1.

The Albany fire and police departments want residents to be safe and legal this fireworks season, but they are prepared for inevitable illegal activity. The office of Prevent Blindness warns Ohioans about the dangers of backyard fireworks.

In 2015, about 11,900 people were treated in US hospitals and emergency rooms, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

"Each year, thousands of people are injured from using consumer fireworks", Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president of Outreach and Advocacy, said in a press release. Sadly, the CPSC also reported 11 non-occupational fireworks-related deaths. Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr says its just not worth it.

He says the number of fireworks-related injuries went up previous year, but generally has declined since 2012. Firework mishaps also account for approximately 20,000 fires each year; most notably, house fires.

State laws vary on fireworks, meaning, for example, items legal for sale in North Dakota may be illegal to shoot off in Minnesota.

Do not use fireworks when the weather forecast calls for winds above 10 miles per hour.

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In Michigan, consumer fireworks became legal January 1, 2012, and must meet CPSC standards.

"Most people don't realize that sparklers are very risky", said Reuter. There are three states that ban all consumer fireworks, Deleware, Maine, & New Jersey. The Oregon Fire Marshal encourages people to keep fireworks on the pavement away from anything that could catch on fire.

Accidents can happen even for those who are being safe, but experts said the most important tool you should use is your common sense. Appoint an adult or responsible person to be your designated igniter and to be on the lookout for sparks which may start unintended fires elsewhere. Veterans suffering from PTSD endure symptoms and stress brought on by fireworks discharge.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch them at a community event where professionals handle them. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. Now, you can purchase more heavy duty fireworks.

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

~Point or throw fireworks at other people.

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