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Be smart with fireworks this holiday

It's hard to imagine a Fourth of July without fireworks. Stands pop up selling legal varieties but many choose to find more intense, illegal versions to celebrate the holiday. Unfortunately, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 200 people go to the emergency room each day with fireworks-related injuries in the month surrounding Independence Day.

This is far too many and these are just on the days around the holiday. Even if you are opting for the smaller, legal versions of fireworks, there are some safety risks. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a list of tips to held make your holiday a safe one.

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Make sure to have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Light fireworks one at a time, and then back up a safe distance immediately. Never relight a firework that has not ignited fully. Never point or throw fireworks at another person. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

Instead of taking fireworks into your own hands, head over to the Carroll County Farm Museum for a safe, patriotic display. The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. July 4 and there is just a $5 parking charge to offset the cost of the fireworks. For more information about the fireworks, head online to http://www.carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org.

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