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Firework-related deaths and injuries have increased since last year

The Consumer Product Safety Commission held its annual Fireworks Safety Demonstration in Washington this week.

Fireworks are an American staple on the Fourth of July, but if not used properly, they can be hazardous and in some cases, fatal.
The CPSC says firework-related injuries and deaths have increased over the last year.
"This year's event is especially important because we've seen an increase in death and injuries. In 2013 there were eight deaths and an estimated 11,400 injuries related to fireworks, which is up from six deaths and 8.700 injuries in 2012, or roughly a 30% jump in one year", says Bob Adler, CPSC Acting Commissioner.

The CPSC recommends making sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them, and always keeping a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of fire.