CHESNEE, SC (WSPA) – July 4th weekend means holiday celebrations, and plenty of fireworks.
But the fun tradition can also be very dangerous.
According to VFIS, an insurance company for emergency organizations, 9,300 people will suffer from burns or injuries related to fireworks this holiday weekend.
The most common places for injuries are on the hands, arms, and even the face.
Fire officials say the best way to avoid injuries is to hold the firework or sparkler away from your body.
House fires are another problem over the holiday weekend, with an estimated 20,000 fires caused by fireworks throughout the year.
You should always launch fireworks on a flat surface, and always make sure they are not pointed towards a house, car, or other people.
Some other safety tips include:
-Douse fireworks with water before discarding
-Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully
-Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly
-Only use fireworks outdoors
-Never let children light fireworks
-Never mix alcohol and fireworks. You wouldn’t drink and drive, so you shouldn’t set off fireworks while intoxicated.