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With the 4th of July only five days away, Randy Cole, the State Fire Marshal, says Missourians should try to attend public fireworks displays instead of buying their own fireworks. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.
He says attending public firework displays are safer and more enjoyable.
According to the Missouri Department of Public Safety, in 2007, over 400 people were taken to the emergency room for firework-related injuries.
Cole says there are several safety precautions people need to consider before they light the fuse.
“Always wear eye protection, have a readily available source of water incase you start a grass fire, never try to re-light any fireworks that have not gone off, never place your body or you face over the fireworks as you are attempting to light them, always follow the manufacturers recommendations for how to discharge the fireworks, and make sure you don’t carry fireworks in your pocket," Cole said.
Cole says parents should always keep a close eye on kids when they are lighting fireworks.
He says safety is the key to having the best 4th of July possible.
For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.