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Good Question: How many people are inured every Fourth of July because of fireworks?

This weekend communities all across the Bluegrass will come together to celebrate Independence Day and they'll cap it off by a good old fireworks display.

When done right they are safe, but when set off at home and not handled properly fireworks can cause big problems.

Good Question: How many people are inured every Fourth of July because of fireworks?

They are a summer favorite and a staple of the Fourth of July holiday, fireworks, but if handled incorrectly they can be extremely dangerous.

"Fireworks aren't toys and we take that for granted because they are so readily available and things of that nature and we need to understand how much power they really have," said Jason Henderson a fireworks explosion survivor.

To demonstrate how fast fireworks can become dangerous the Consumer Product Safety Commission used mannequins and watermelons.

Each year thousands of people are sent to emergency rooms as a result of fireworks related injuries.

The CPSC says while the number of injuries have increased from 7,000 in 2008 to nearly 9,000 in 2009, what's declining is the number of deaths.

In 2008 there were seven, compared to only two last year.

"Our data shows we had up to 200 injuries a day in the month leading up to the Fourth of July, and that's unacceptable because people are not using the right precautions in using legal fireworks," said Inez Moore the Chairman for CPSC.

In fact, a majority of the injuries from last year involved small children.

That's why experts warn you to be extra careful this Fourth of July weekend.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission urges you to attend professional fireworks display instead of doing it yourself, but if you do they say to be sure to purchase only legal and professionally made products.


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