Consumers urged to use caution with fireworks

WASHINGTON (WTOC) - The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers safety tips for using fireworks, including sparklers.

The group recommends using a garden hose to wet an area down before setting off fireworks and then launching them in an open area away from buildings and dry vegetation.

After launching fireworks, place them in a covered, fireproof container and leaving it outside away from homes and buildings, according to the NCFS.

NCFS provides specific tips for handling sparklers:

--Children younger than 12 should not use sparklers without very close adult supervision.
--Always remain standing while using sparklers.
--Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
--Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time.
--Always wear closed-toe shoes when using sparklers.
--Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out.
--Drop the used sparklers in a bucket of water.
--Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person.
--Never throw sparklers.
--Children should be directed to hold sparklers away from their body at arm's length.
--Children should not wave sparklers or run while holding sparklers.

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