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Firework safety tips

(Source: KWES) (Source: KWES)

Lighting fireworks is an American tradition for many families on July 4.

Though igniting the sparks and explosions on your own can be dangerous, a report from the Insurance Journal stated that firework accidents in 2017, accounted for eight deaths and more than 12,900 emergency room visits.

That's why firefighters like Chief Matt McClure of the Midland County Northeast Volunteer Fire Department say precautions should be taken by anyone who plans to set off their own fireworks.

Here are some tips from the chief.

  • Never hold fireworks in your hand, set them on the ground on a completely level piece of land to avoid tipping.
  • The person lighting the firework should dress in protective clothing, such as long pants and shirt with safety goggles.
  • Have a water source such as a hose or bucket of water nearby to extinguish any spread flames.
  • Never point fireworks at anyone, or anywhere besides the sky.

If a worse case scenario happens, and you are burned. Call 911 immediately. Paramedics also recommend while waiting for EMS, to treat the burn by running cold water on it, and then wrapping it in gauze until help arrives.

Officials also want residents to remember that fireworks can only be set off on personal property in the county,. Fireworks are banned within the city limits of Odessa and Midland.

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