Transcript for Consumer Product Safety Commission shares firework safety tips ahead of July 4th
is just over a week away and this morning we've got a look at how to keep your family safe when it comes to fireworks. Last year steps involving fireworks were responsible for over 9,000 injuries nationwide. ABC's Stephanie Ramos is on the national mall in Washington, D.C. With more. Good morning, Stephanie. Reporter: Hey, Michael. Good morning. So as folks gear up for the fourth of July holiday we want to remind everyone just how dangerous fireworks can be. Not trying to be a Debbie downer but the consumer product safety commission says a majority of fireworks injury happen during the 30 days surrounding the fourth of July and right nour we're joined by the commission's chairman Ann Marie buerkel and will show us how dangerous they can be. Thanks for joining us. Thank you for being here. Good morning. So why are people continuing to get injured by fireworks? It's 2019. We've seen consumers continue to use illegal fireworks and professional grade fireworks and so at this time of the year, we can see up to 180 visits to the emergency room on a daily basis. Think of that, on a daily basis, 180 trips to the emergency room and beyond that in 2018 we saw five deaths related to professional grade fireworks? And to show how dangerous Theiss can be we're going to detonate two of the most common fireworks right here on the national mall. Your team is leading this, though. We are. So you'll see the watermelon behind us. There is an m-1000 firework lodged inside. We'll set that off. Guy, blow it up. That is -- that's powerful. It is very powerful. What you've seen, this is an illegal, illegal firework and the thing to note is the length of that fuse. It looks long but it burns instantaneously because it's professional illegal firework. That is the m-1000. Next up is the m-80. We'll set that one off. That's in the hand of the man king behind us. It's going to get ugly. All right, guys. Set that one off. Yeah, that got ugly. Didn't fare too well, the mannequin so talk to us about the m-80. Again, it's an illegal firework and you see how powerful that exploded. They explode quickly and very powerful and that's what can injure the consumer and that's where we see the greatest number of injuries. So those are some of the more powerful fireworks but, Michael, you've got a cuter one over there but it still has dangers and risks of its own, right? It's cute and dangerous. The sparklers that we all love and use, it seems like. You have a demo about these, as well. We do. We do. They can actually get as hot as a blowtorch. That's over to my right side. You can take a look there. It's going to get pretty hot, isn't it? What we're going to see and what we think about sparklers but what you'll see is how hot they burn, 2,000 degrees like a blowtorch and what happens when they ignite with our clothing pretty powerful. They can really hurt our kids. And for everybody -- Really dangerous. What are some tips that we need to keep in mind? Sorry, Michael. No. So quickly important for consumers, don't -- make sure that the fireworks are legal in your area. Don't use professional grade fireworks. If it doesn't light, don't try to reignite it. Let it go. Make sure you have a bucket of water or a hose nearby and make sure you don't give fireworks to kids. Celebrate safely. It's a great time of the year but just celebrate safely. Definitely some important tips to keep in mind. Leave it to the professionals. Michael, back over to you. Great advice. Thank you so much, Stephanie.
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