5 tips to help you safely celebrate our independence

5 tips to help you safely celebrate our independence

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By Christina Seidel, CSFD Public Education Officer

When Francis Scott Key wrote about “the bombs bursting in air” he probably didn’t foresee anyone getting hurt in future celebrations of our nation’s independence.

Still, what would a good, old-fashioned Independence Day celebration be without fireworks?

Since the College Station Fire Department wants safety to be everyone’s priority, here are five tips to help you celebrate safely through the dawn’s early light.

1. Note the location of fireworks stands.

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13 fireworks tips for a safe Independence Day

detail-of-american-flag-11279635008nzaNIndependence Day celebrations are built on traditions involving family, friends, parties — and fireworks. The College Station and Bryan Fire Departments encourage you to observe fireworks safety in Fourth of July activities.

Typically, more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day, and fireworks account for more than half of those blazes. In 2011, an estimated 17,800 reported fires were started by fireworks, resulting in scores of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage.

From 2007-2011, 91 percent of the  fires associated with fireworks occurred outside structures or vehicles. The largest number involved grass fires, brush fires, dumpster fires, and other trash, rubbish or waste fires.

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