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Prevent Blindness warns of dangers of backyard fireworks

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Firework season is quickly approaching and Prevent Blindness is warning of the potential dangers that are associated with fireworks.

According to the release, the 2017 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Fireworks Report estimated that firework injuries increased by 16% over the previous year.

12,800 Americans were injured by fireworks with 67% of those happening around Independence Day.

The release says that nearly 50% of injuries were to bystanders and 36% were to children aged 15 and younger.

CPSC also reported eight non-occupational fireworks-related deaths.

According to the release, burns are the most common injuries to all body parts except for the eyes where approximately one-third of eye injuries result in permanent blindness.

In Ohio, it is illegal to set off consumer fireworks including bottle rockets and firecrackers.

"The Fourth of July can still be fun without backyard fireworks or sparklers," said Sherry Williams. President & CEO of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. "By attending only fireworks shows run by licensed professionals, and being vigilant, we can celebrate our nation's birthday with family and friends, not in the emergency room."

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