Summer brings cookouts, pool days, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. Fireworks that explode or shoot into the air are illegal in Minnesota.
Fireworks don’t have to be big to cause damage. Did you know that more than 30% of fireworks injuries are from sparklers? An average of 73 hospital visits happen each year in Minnesota due to fireworks injuries. Approximately 40% of those injuries are among children.
Here are some safety tips to follow from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety if you choose to use Minnesota-legal fireworks this summer:
Point fireworks away from people and animals.
Use fireworks in an open area away from trees and houses.
Extinguish and dispose of spent fireworks in a bucket of water. Do not try to relight a dud.