Have a Safe Independence Day Celebration!

Fireworks verticalYour BBB encourages consumers to be safe when dealing with fireworks.

In 2013, an estimated 11,400 emergency room visits involved fireworks, with 65 percent of those occurring within the 30 days surrounding July 4, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) 2013 Fireworks Annual Report.

Here are your BBB Tips:

• Parents beware: Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees and can melt certain metals.* Use with caution and watch your children closely. (*Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

• Once you purchase the fireworks and are ready to set them up, keep water close by in case of an emergency.

• Read and follow the instructions on the label of the fireworks before setting them off.

• Always use at an outside location for fireworks.

• Make sure people are out of harm’s way before igniting a firework.

• Buy your fireworks from reliable sellers. In Indiana, sellers must have a permit issued from the State Fire Marshal. Go to www.bbb.org/evansville/ to check out BBB Business Reviews.

Know the law in Indiana:

• Indiana law requires a person to be 18 years of age to purchase fireworks.

• You must have permission to discharge fireworks from someone else’s property.

• The Indiana Department of Homeland Security notes allowable times for fireworks as 9 a.m. to midnight on the Fourth of July. (Most days of the year provide for a timeframe of 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.)

• There are penalties for violating Indiana’s Firework Laws. For more information, visit: http://www.in.gov/dhs/2810.htm

Remember to check with your local ordinances for any other regulations.

If you experience a dangerous firework product or a product-related injury, visit www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772.

Stay Safe & Happy Independence Day!

 

*Article originally written by the BBB Serving Central Indiana

Written by

Amanda is the Director of Investigations & Information Services and is a regular contributor to the consumer education blog. She is one of our go-to colleagues for answering complex consumer inquires. Amanda also manages our charity reporting program and writes our accredited business newsletter.

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