CPSC advises Americans to practice fireworks safety this Fourth of July

CPSC advises Americans to practice fireworks safety this Fourth of July



(MM) TIME NOW FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS CALL 12 FOR ACTION… JULY 4TH IS NEXT WEEK AND MILLIONS WILL BE CELEBRATING WITH FIREWORKS. (CG) BUT SAFETY EXPERTS ARE REMINDING PEOPLE —- HOW DANGEROUS THEY CAN BE. EYEWITNESS NEWS CONSUMER REPORTER SUSAN CAMPBELL JOINS US NOW WITH THE DETAILS. THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION USED MANNEQUINS TO RECREATE REAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FIREWORKS. THE HOPE – IS TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE AROUND THE JULY 4TH HOLIDAY. THE DEMONSTRATIONS ARE DRAMATIC.. AND SHOW JUST HOW DANGEROUS FIREWORKS CAN BE. "Last year there were five reports of firework-related deaths involving victims ranging in ages 19-49. ANN MARIE BUERKLE IS THE CHAIR OF THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION… SHE SAYS… ALL OF THE DEATHS WERE CAUSED BY RELOADABLE AERIAL FIREWORKS. THE CPSC ALSO TRACKS FIREWORKS INJURIES. ACCORDING TO THE AGENCY… ABOUT 91-HUNDRED PEOPLE WENT TO THE ER FOR INJURIES FROM FIREWORKS IN 2018. IT'S NOT JUST LARGE EXPLOSIONS THAT ARE DANGEROUS… SPARKLERS CAN REACH 2-THOUSAND DEGREES AND ARE ABLE TO BURN SKIN AND TISSUE DOWN TO THE BONE. "more than 50 percent so more than half of all fireworks injury happened while adequate and direct adult supervision present." IF YOU DECIDE TO USE FIREWORKS… THE CPSC SAYS THERE A FEW IMPORTANT THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND. -NEVER USE PROFESSIONAL- GRADE FIREWORKS -AND AVOID ILLEGAL AND RECALLED PRODUCTS. -NEVER TRY TO RELIGHT OR HANDLE MALFUNCTIONING FIREWORKS. THE CPSC SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAST 121 FIREWORKS RELATED DEATHS SINCE 2003. IF YOU HAVE A CONSUMER PROBLEM YOU NEED HELP SOLVING – CONTACT OUR CALL 12 FOR ACTION CENTER MONDAY THRU THURSDAY FROM 11 UNTIL 1 – OUR HOTLINE IS 228-1850. OR IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CALL 12 FOR ACTION VOLUNTEER… YOU CAN CALL THAT SAME NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN. SUSAN CAMPBELL –

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