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The 4th of July, how to approach this weekend in a safe manner

4th of July weekend typically means beaches, barbecues, and fireworks, but coronavirus concerns prompting several cities to call off their colorful celebrations.

The move fueling new concerns about the dangers of at-home fireworks. 

"We saw upwards of 10,000 reports last year from emergency rooms nationwide, we had 12 deaths last year." 

And the Consumer Products Safety Commission fears those numbers could be higher, as many will opt to host their own backyard display. 

In 2019, sparklers were the number one cause of fireworks injuries and half of those were in children under the age of five. 

"We repeatedly were astounded by how quickly these chemical reactions could get way past you."

The sales of consumer fireworks skyrocketed this year nationwide.

The CPSC saying the need for safety is greater than ever, partnering with a bomb squad to demonstrate the potential dangers.

Revelers are advised to take extra steps as a precaution.

"Supervise the kids closely. Light things one at a time. That's a huge one, keep a bucket of water handy."

"And certainly alcohol and fireworks do not mix."

The agency added, never attempt to re-light malfunctioning or damaged fireworks and warn your kids to, of course, not aim or throw them at anyone. 

And one final tip for a safe holiday weekend.

Douse used fireworks with water before throwing them in the trash.

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