Safety with Sparklers

Consumer safety officials recommend that Fourth of July fireworks shows be left strictly to the professionals.

Acting Consumer Product Safety Commission chairwoman, Nancy Nord said commercial fireworks are more powerful than the ones sold to the public, and have fuses that burn much faster.

Even legal consumer fireworks pose dangers - the most common injuries of them are burns.

Nord urges adults to closely supervise children who may play with sparklers. She said sparklers burn very hot and can scorch skin as well as clothing.

Many fireworks-related burns are not caused by the fireworks directly, but are the result of fires they ignite. Consumers should always use fireworks in a safe area and keep water handy.

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