With the Fourth of July just around the corner, firebugs and sparkler users alike are reminded to stay safe while celebrating with fireworks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 9,600 people were treated in 2011 for injuries associated with fireworks.
More than half of those injuries were burns on the head, hands, fingers and legs, according to the CDC.
Children and adults younger than 20 accounted for more than 50 percent of the injuries, the CDC reported.
Parents are reminded to never let children handle, play with or light fireworks and to keep them in a cool, dry place, according to the Fort Wayne Fire Department.
When lighting fireworks, wear eye protection and never hold fireworks in your hand to light, the department said.
In the case of a dud, do not attempt to relight or alter the firework. Soak used fireworks in a bucket of water to make sure they are fully extinguished.
Fort Wayne’s city ordinance states that fireworks can be used only on an individual’s property, on the property of someone who has agreed to the use of fireworks, or at a special discharge location designated by the state fire marshal.
Fireworks can be used only between 5 and 11 p.m. from June 29 to July 3 and July 5 to July 9, fire officials said. The hours on July 4 are extended from 10 a.m. to midnight.
Last year, the United States imported $227.3 million worth of fireworks from China and exported $11.7 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.