July 4th: Make it a holiday, not a hazard

If you’re headed out to see fireworks this evening, the weather should be nice across South Jersey with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low to mid-70s.

NorCast Weather wants you to have fun tonight — and NOT spend it in a hospital! Here are some firework facts and safety tips.

The number one safety tip is to WATCH A PROFESSIONAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY! Fireworks cause 17,000 fires EVERY YEAR.

Did you know that Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees or more? Fireworks injure 10,000+ people annually, with 36 percent of the injuries are to hands and fingers, and 19 percent to the head, face, and ears. Give children glow sticks instead.

If you plan on doing your own fireworks, remember to check with the state laws. In the state of New Jersey, all explosive and aerial fireworks such as firecrackers, sky-rockets, bottle rockets, Roman candles, and similar devices ARE ILLEGAL.

Always read the directions, and set fireworks up in a clear, open space. Always wear protective eyeglasses and gloves! Also, have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby as a preventative measure.

Finally, the most important tip is to NEVER attempt to re-light a “dud” or defective firework.

By following these safety measures, you can have a fun and SAFE Fourth of July!

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