Beth Oestreich with the North Dakota Department of Health provides firework safety tips to keep everyone safe.
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This is KNOWTIFY. Take a minute for your health.
My name is Beth Oestreich. I am the Injury Prevention Program Director for the North Dakota Department of Health. If fireworks are legal in your area, use them only in open and flat spaces. Avoid places with trees, grass, and buildings that could catch fire. Always keep water and a fire extinguisher nearby. That way, if something goes wrong you’ll be able to put out the blaze. Don’t throw fireworks directly in the trash when you’re done with them. They should go into a bucket of water. Don’t play with fireworks if you’re under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. Only use fireworks outdoors. Hand help sparklers burn at about 2000 degrees. They could quickly ignite clothing and many children have received severe burns from them. Always supervise your kids around fireworks. Just attend a professional firework show instead of putting on one yourself. The professional shows are impressive and they use pyrotechnics that you can’t buy in stores. And no matter what you decide to do, knowing the basics of firework safety so that everyone can remain safe.