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Take care to prevent fireworks injuries

Fireworks are a traditional part of many Fourth of July celebrations.

For some, the holiday just isn't complete without sparklers and a chorus of "ooohs" and "aahhs" when it finally gets dark and the big show begins.

But, all the fun and celebrating ends quickly when careless and inappropriate use of fireworks results in injury.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 11,400 people in the U.S. were treated in 2013 for fireworks-related injuries.

About two-thirds of fireworks injuries are from backyard or Class C fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, and Roman candles, which are illegal in Ohio.

While they can be purchased in Ohio by anyone who is at least 18 years old, it is illegal to use them.

Ohio residents who purchase these items must sign a form agreeing to take them out of the state within 48 hours.

Ohio law does, however, permit the sale and use of sparklers, trick noise makers and other such novelties anywhere in the state.

The best way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals.

Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don't realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five.

Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees -- hot enough to melt some metals.

Washington Township Fire Department Fire Marshal Alan Perkins submitted the Smoke Signals column.

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