KIMT NEWS 3 – Safety is always a top concern for first responders, especially this time of year.
According to the latest data from the consumer product safety commission, on average 200 people go to the emergency room every day from firework-related injuries in the month surrounding the holiday.
More than half of injuries are burns.
In both Iowa and Minnesota, the only types of fireworks that are legal are sparklers and things like glow worms and snappers.
Still, those account for about 17%of injuries.
Osage Fire Chief, Kurt Angell said when it comes to explosives, there’s no telling what can happen.
“I’ve seen illegal fireworks shot at campgrounds and one flew across and hit the window of a camper and it exploded, they shot it horizontally. So, it could get caught in your shirt, or something and it’s going to burn you before it explodes. Even sparklers are very hot, the wires can even start fires. People run around and swirl ’em around and you can burn someone there too, so you gotta be careful.”
Chief Angell also said it’s very important to keep sparklers away from young children .Parents still need to monitor older kids to make sure they’re not lighting them too close to one another.
It’s just one more way to make this upcoming holiday a safe one.