By Garin Flowers
July 3, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Playing with fireworks on the 4th of July can be fun, but turn dangerous if you're not careful.
"You can really get hurt. When I was a kid, I didn't know any better," said Ed Hamlett, Tallahassee resident.
Hamlett runs Capital City Vacuums in Tallahassee. He remembers hazardous moments playing with fireworks when he was a kid.
"We would light 'em and forget to throw 'em. Blow up in your hand. Your hand would feel like five times bigger and just pounding," he said.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows where fireworks pose the biggest danger on your body.
They say the hands, fingers and head see the most incidents.
Here are tips they've provided:
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pickup fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
As for Hamlett, he still enjoys the fireworks.
"Oh it still is, it'll always be fun."
For more information from the CPSC, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/06/cpsc-science-fireworks-injuries-2013-update/