Just in time for the Fourth of July, the National Fire Protection Association released its fireworks report, which explores fire and injury dangers related to consumer fireworks. The report shows that in 2010 alone, an estimated 15,500 reported fires were started by fireworks and 8,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5-14. Cobb Fire and Emergency Services staff encourage residents to leave fireworks to the professionals. Consumer fireworks include sparklers and firecrackers. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
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