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It's All Fun & Games Until Someone Gets Hurt!

How many videos have you seen on YouTube or on Spike TV, that show passionate and delighted revelers gathered on the street or in their driveways, lighting fuses for a gathering crowd, a look of anticipation on their faces? The fuse begins to spark and shine and suddenly before everyone can back away, an explosion. The firework detonates prematurely. Sometimes it is harmless fun; sometimes a trip in an ambulance occurs; sometimes a fire sparks and property gets severely damaged. In 2015, New York State has legally approved the use of "Novelty" fireworks for consumer use for two limited time periods in July and December in select areas/counties. Fireworks are still illegal in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut).   Although I do not know any statistics of anyone being harmed by the use of fireworks in the state, I thought with the upcoming July 4th three-day weekend on the horizon, it would be a good time to brush up on your safety skills when it comes to novelty explosives. One of the statisti ...

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FIREWORKS: You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out Kid!

Each summer, in the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, nightly news reports will inevitably show enthusiastic firecracker fans accidentally blowing off fingers and toes because they take it upon themselves to entertain family and friends with fireworks. Accompanying the reports are usually statistics of emergency room visits, severe burns and even deaths. The State of New York, recently legalized the sale of “small fireworks or sparkling devices” in some of the counties north of New York City in the weeks leading up to July 4th.  (Fireworks are still illegal in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut).  Time will tell if this new legislation will lead to a huge spike in the statistics.  I have included a list of safety tips, below, so that you do not become an “emergency room” patient. One of the statistics that is almost never reported on the news is rather amazing. Independence Day is typically the busiest day of the year for fires, and approximately 20,000 f ...

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