Stay safe on the 4th of July and avoid being one of the hundreds sent to them emergency room with an injury from a firework.
Leading up to the 4th of July, hundreds of people will visit the emergency room with injuries from fireworks. Hands and fingers account for the most injuries, 46 percent, with sparklers being the single most injury-prone firework according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
While injures from fireworks are common, a few simple safety tips can prevent trips to the emergency room on this 4th of July.
Know your fireworks
Make sure you read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting. As fireworks can be redesigned from year to year, what performed one way last year might perform differently this year.
Have a designated shooter
For family shows, have one person designated to light and fire your night fireworks. Also, make sure spectators are a safe distance away from the show.
Have parental supervision
Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks and should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks, including sparklers.
Don't relight the "duds"
Never try to relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes before touching the firework and then soak it in a bucket of water.
After the fun has passed, soak spent fireworks with water before throwing them away outside.
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Home sweet home (show)
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Taking this show on the road
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One with wheels.
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Make it so
If you make it ... they will come.
The first Buffalo Mini Maker Faire will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Museum of Science, celebrating “makers” of all sorts, from knitters to sculptors to engineers, and giving Western New Yorkers an introduction to the “Maker movement” that’s sweeping the globe.
Authorhood is her cup of tea
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Reading the 'Chook book'
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For art(ists') sake
So you’re an artist.
You make beautiful or interesting things — whether that involves taking photographs, painting, quilting or designing jewelry. And you want to share those things with other people — and, of course, make some money while doing so.
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