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Tennessee Fire officials warn about firework dangers

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The Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office is warning residents about firework dangers.

Officials are issuing a simple message for this Fourth of July: "Let the pros handle the fireworks".

State fire officials are urging Tennesseans to participate in events that are professionally run, instead of risking their lives, and possibly breaking the law by lighting fireworks themselves.

A few tips officials have for residents to keep them safe are:

  •  Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks.
  •  Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  •  Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  •  Wear eye protection.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  •  Never throw or point fireworks at people or animals.
  • Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface away from homes, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  •  Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Sparklers are not toys and cause hundreds of injuries every year. Sparklers burn hot, can reach temperatures as high as 1,200° F, and stay hot long after they’ve burned out. You wouldn’t hand a matchbook or lighter to a child to wave or play with – so, don’t give a child a sparkler.
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