Louisiana State Fire Marshal talking about fireworks safety

It’s another year for those fireworks, but the Louisiana State Fire Marshal is urging everyone to stay safe on this Independence Day.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that over 200 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks related injuries around this time of year.

According to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal, at least five fireworks related deaths were reported last year. All of those deaths were associated with reloadable aerial devices.

One of the most important fireworks safety tips involves the disposal of any device.

There is a way to make sure a fire is prevented, according to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal,

“At the end of your night doing these things, you want to make sure every ember is out. What you don’t want to do is collect all of those burnt objects and put them in a trash can that’s near your home. We’ve actually had fires that occurred hours later of a trash can catching on fire and catching a home on fire once the family is gone to bed.”

Some other tips to consider on July 4th would be to keep fireworks at least 200 feet away from any structure or vehicle, don’t allow children to light fireworks and never operate fireworks under the influence.

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