Keeping everyone safe during the Fourth of July

SALEM TOWNSHIP, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Fireworks are as important to Fourth of July celebrations as cookouts and American flags, but they can be dangerous an destructive.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says in 2015, nearly 12,000 people were treated in emergency rooms nationwide.

They also say fireworks start more than 18,000 fires and cause $43 million in damage. That means safety is critical.

"It's just safety first because you never want to play games with something that shoots flames or shoots up in the air," says Bridget LaMonica, a sales clerk at LaMonica's Hamlin Fireworks.

Family owned and run LaMonica's Hamlin Fireworks has been in the business for decades. The Wayne County business started with just four cases of fireworks and has grown into a year-round operation with hundreds of options.

From the smallest to the biggest sky blast, you want to take measures to stay safe.

"You want to use a 'punk,' because you don't want to use one of these torch lighters," says owner Ray LaMonica. "That could light the fuse halfway up, so you have enough time to get away from it safely."

Do not set off fireworks on grass or gravel, you need a hard surface. Never relight a "dude," and always keep a bucket of water nearby.

The fireworks display is a celebration fit for freedom.

"There's many good reasons to celebrate that," says Ray. "We have the greatest country in the world and we love to celebrate it."

If you want to leave the fireworks display up to the experts, LaMonica's Hamlin Fireworks will be putting on their own display on July 8th in Salem Township. The event is free.


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