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Fireworks safety at highest point in 35 years as 4th of July approaches

July 2, 2011

Becky Quick, left, and Matt Hazel, employees at Kneppy's Fireworks' seasonal booth on the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys, display some of the most popular fireworks products used by consumers and point out the warning labels featured on each package.

Americans lighting up sparklers and enjoying their own backyard fireworks displays in conjunction with this year's Fourth of July national celebration may be relieved to know that even though the use of these products has increased dramatically over the past 35 years, they are the safest they've been since such information has been regularly tracked.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 1976 Americans used 29 million pounds of consumer fireworks and sustained 11,000 fireworks-related injuries, or 38.3 per 100,000 pounds used. In 2009, the CPSC reported that Americans used 213.9 pounds of consumer fireworks and sustained 8,800 fireworks-related injuries, for a total of 4.1 injuries per 1,000 pounds used.

For more, pick up a copy of the Saturday, July 2, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record.

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