Tips to safely celebrate the July 4th holiday

Tips to safely celebrate the July 4th holiday

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Most people celebrate July 4th by spending time with family at picnics and barbeques and by setting off fireworks.

Attorney General Jeff Landry issued some safety tips ahead of the holiday to keep people safe.

"As we commemorate the signing of our Declaration of Independence, I encourage everyone to keep this great American holiday safe and fun for all," Attorney General Jeff Landry said. "Obeying all local firework laws and following all firework instructions will help make our communities safer."

Landry cited a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission saying hundreds of people go to the emergency room with firework-related injuries around the July 4th holiday.

Landry offered these tips to stay safe:
•    Only use fireworks if they are legal in your area.
•    Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
•    Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
•    Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight one that does not go off after it has been ignited.
•    Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, houses, or flammable materials.
•    Keep a hose or bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

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