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What you need to know before setting off fireworks

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 This time of year, a lot of people like to celebrate by watching fireworks and some enjoy setting them off at home. But there are some things you must do to set them off legally and precautions you need to take to set them off as safely as possible.

You can legally discharge fireworks in Ohio, but you're supposed to get a permit from your town first. Those permits are generally reserved for professional exhibitors hired by a community to set off fireworks. But not everyone follows those rules and gets the permit.

The number of people picking up fireworks this time of year can lead to injuries. In 2012, the Ohio Department of Health says 8700 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries.

Renee Fowler, manager of J&W Fireworks says, "I think it's the users. There's a lot of stuff that can be dangerous if you use it inappropriately."

Fowler says the most important thing to do is follow the instructions that come with your fireworks. "Follow those to the T." And she also says to use common sense. "You don't want to be drinking and handling it. You don't want to be in a crowded area and lighting stuff."

She says it is very important to secure the fireworks, so they don't flip over. Plus, make sure the grass is moist and have a bucket of water nearby.

The most important thing according to Fowler? "I think the biggest thing is just keeping them out of children's reach. You don't want injuries."

 Also make sure to store them in a cool, dry place. But be warned, if you're setting off fireworks without a permit, you could be fined or even arrested.

 

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