Safety tips for using fireworks, sparklers

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s not the fourth of July without fireworks, but the fun can end quickly if someone gets hurt. We’ve got your back with what you need to know to stay safe on the fourth.

The 4th of July is almost upon us and for many families in our state that means fireworks. In recent days with the lead up to the holiday, business at some stores that sell fireworks has jumped. Over at Bridget’s Sparklers, it’s a trend they’ve noticed too.

“A lot of out of staters really enjoy coming in as part of their vacation and the kids look forward to it every year,” said Bridget Schumack, Owner of Bridget’s Sparklers.

But with all those fireworks heading out the door the Bridget says it’s important people remember to keep safety in mind. Even when it comes to smaller fireworks like sparklers, which can burn at 2,000 degrees

“I always tell, especially the kids, the age is 16 to buy. I tell them you know make sure there’s a parent around, make sure you have a bucket of water, safety glasses, if you have them never lean over the firework,” said Schumack.

According to the US Consumer and Product Safety Commission, 230 people on average are treated in Emergency rooms every day with fireworks caused injuries in the month around the 4th of July.

For more advice on ways you can stay safe around fireworks click here.

For a full list of all the fireworks shows across the state, click here.

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