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Celebrate a safe Independence Day

This week, 237 years ago, the United States declared independence from Great Britain and its king. On July 2nd, the Second Continental Congress unanimously voted for independence and on the 4th the Declaration was officially adopted. At this time every year, American hearts swell with pride and we celebrate the birth of our nation. This weekend the skies will be alight with fireworks, as is tradition.


While these pyrotechnics are somewhat of a symbol of America’s independence, they are incredibly dangerous and should not be set off without taking the necessary precautions. Many fail to understand the associated risks to lighting fireworks – severe burns, fires, and even death.


According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission 200 people on average go to the emergency room every day in the month surrounding the Fourth of July with fireworks-related injuries. See the infographic below, courtesy of the USCPSC, for an overview of these dangers. Even seemingly harmless items such as sparklers can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, hot enough to melt certain metals. Remember, fireworks are illegal in Delaware so click here for a list of professional shows and other Independence Day activities.


Have a happy and safe holiday.


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