Be Safe this Fourth of July with these Must-Know Tips

Every year, fireworks cause thousands of eye injuries and burns. CHOC Children’s and the Orange County Fire Authority ask you to consider taking your family to a professional fireworks show as a safer alternative.

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If consumer fireworks are part of your family’s festivities, however, take a minute to check out these important tips:

• Supervise children at all times. Fireworks should be handled by adults only.

• Buy only state fire marshal-approved (“Safe and Sane”) fireworks, from a licensed firework stand. Police in Orange County will be vigorously enforcing laws against illegal fireworks. You can be fined up to $1,000.

• Only these OC cities allow consumer fireworks: Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Stanton, Villa Park and Westminster

• Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Spectators should also keep a safe distance.

• Never re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

• Do not alter fireworks or combine them.

• Point fireworks away from people, homes and cars, and keep away from leaves, dry grass and flammable materials.

Find a public fireworks display near you.

Check out this video from the Orange County Fire Authority and the Santa Ana Police Department.

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