Safety First: Fireworks Users Need To Take Precautions

By Scott Sarvay

June 21, 2011 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The fast approach of the Fourth of July holiday brings with it a reminder that fireworks can be a big hazard if handled carelessly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2009, about 8,800 people nationwide were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks injuries.

Some basic safety tips:
Kids shouldn't light fireworks
Adults need to wear eye protection while setting them off
Control where you use fireworks.

Fort Wayne Fire Department Fire Marshal Jim Murua says, “You need to be careful where you shoot them off with your neighbors. And let your neighbors know that you're going to shoot them off, so that in case they do happen to land on their property, or on top of their house, that they know that that's going to happen."

Murua says citizen complaints about fireworks use are up this year compared to last.

You can call the police department at 427-1222 to report illegal fireworks activity.

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