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Don't let injuries ruin your 4th of July celebrations

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

June 28, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The 4th of July is this Friday. But before you prepare to light up the night sky with fireworks, safety should be the first thing on your mind.

The Center for Disease Control warns that more than five thousand Americans were treated for fireworks related injuries last year.

Poppers, sparklers and rockets are already hitting store shelves and filling the tents of venders ready to make this 4th of July shine. "The stuff we do have has a lot of different effects, a lot of colors, a lot of sounds," said Albany vendor, Michael Pearlman.

But if you aren't careful , you can get injured. "The main danger with fireworks is injuries especially if you have young children who are experimenting with gunpowder, fireworks. You need to have a responsible adult with them," said Albany Battalion Chief, Mathew Jefferson.

Firefighters say you should also have an extinguisher available just in case. "You also need to have a garden hose or some type of extinguisher just in case there is a grass fire. Even though we have had some rain through afternoon showers, the grass is still dry," said Jefferson.

"Don't shot them underneath any trees. Keep a bucket of water maybe a fire extinguisher on hand," said Pearlman.

You should also avoid setting fireworks off around any nearby power lines or cars. "I have seen bottle rockets that have set vehicles on fire because of the inexperience of the user. The start off standing up, but then falls over and it still defuses," said Jefferson.

"The perfect place to shot is in an open parking lot. Not with a lot of grass or dry vegetation." By following these guidelines your 4th will sparkle without any trips to the hospital.

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