FINGERS GONE: Fireworks safety stressed

Staff Writer

A man north of Churubusco “blew off three fingers” lighting a large firework two weeks ago, just one of many such incidents in the region.
Details of the incident were not released by authorities, but they did confirm the EMS scanner traffic that it happened.
Fireworks accidents claim body parts each year, which underscores the importance of safety this holiday weekend and beyond.
You can ensure your Independence Day weekend is filled with celebration and not regret with these 10 pertinent safety tips, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V office in Chicago:
•Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before using or buying them.
•Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers alone account for one quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
•If you set off fireworks, keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction or fire.
•If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them! Douse and soak them with water then throw them away.

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