Fireworks Safety: Six tips to stay out of the ER

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, June 30, 2015)

(WLNS) – Emergency rooms nationwide will likely be busy when the fireworks start flying this Fourth of July weekend.

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, an average of 240 people end up in the ER every day in the month surrounding the July 4th holiday.

To help you enjoy the holiday out of the hospital, here are six tips from 6 News:

Swap sparklers. According to the CPSC, nearly one-third of all fireworks injuries are caused by sparklers, and hands and fingers are the most common area injured by fireworks. Safe Kids West Michigan encourages parents to give children glow sticks to celebrate the holiday instead of sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees.

Leave it to a pro. Only two percent of injuries caused by fireworks happen at public shows put on by experts.Find one in your area using our Fourth of July guide.

Dress the part. Do not wear loose clothing while lighting fireworks.

Mind your settings. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass or brush. Point all fireworks away from homes and people.

Keep your distance. Do not hold a firework. Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, douse it with water and throw it out.

Bring a bucket. Always have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby.

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