Tips to keep your family safe for the 4th of July

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - In 2011, almost 10,000 fireworks-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms across the country.

That's the latest information from the National Fire Protection Association.

With firework celebrations set to kick off Thursday in Perry County, fire officials want to make sure you and your family are safe as you celebrate the holiday.

Sam Stacy is the Fire Chief for the City of Hazard and he said children are the ones most at risk.

"Mostly it is the kids that end up having to go to the emergency room," said Stacy.

He advised parents to keep a close eye on their kids whenever fireworks are around.

"If you have got a kid, make sure you have supervision," said Stacy.

He added that it's also best to be smart and prepared when shooting off fireworks on your own.

"Make sure you are always a couple hundred feet from any structure that may catch on fire and always have a fire extinguisher," said Stacy.

Kentucky has only recently made fireworks illegal in the state.

Jamie Medlin sells fireworks in Hazard and said most people are not overly concerned about safety when purchasing her merchandise.

"They generally ask if it is legal to sell them in the state," said Medlin.

She said her customers are more interested in what kind of a spectacle each product can offer them.

"Oh they want the big shows, the ones that go up in the air and let off a big show and a loud sound," said Medlin.

But she said she knows the potential danger of fireworks.

"Once you light them they kind of put a little fire until they start burning down. So yes, they seem to be a little dangerous," said Medlin.

Stacy stressed that the best place to see fireworks safely is at the event put on by the city.

"We'd advise them if you want to see a firework show, go see a professional show," said Stacy.

Of all firework-related injuries, most involve burns of some kind.

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