Fourth of July weekend means grilling hot dogs and burgers, flying the American flag, and spending time with friends and family. And for many Minnesota families, it also means using fireworks. Fireworks are bright, exciting, and a holiday tradition — but they’re not all fun and games. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year there were two reports fireworks-related deaths in the U.S., and an estimated 9,000 hospital emergency room visits because of fireworks injuries.
Of course, the safest way to celebrate with fireworks is to visit a local park and watch a professional show — where you’re assured of being a safe distance away from any possible dangers. Click here for a list of public fireworks shows in the Twin Cities and beyond.
But if you’re planning to purchase your own, read these important safety guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.