Clay Fire shares safety tips ahead of Fourth of July celebrations

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- As we gear up to celebrate America's birthday, it's important we're prepared with more than just fireworks and food - but also with safety precautions.

9,700 injuries happened in 2023 due to firework incidents, and majority of those were burns, mainly to fingers or eyes.

It's important to take precautions before you light fireworks, sparklers or anything similar.

Ron Mesler Jr., Fire Marshal with Clay Fire shared some safety reminders, and a quick safety demo with us this morning.

He uses a thermal imaging sensor to show just how hot sparklers can get, which are popular with children.

A friendly, fun alternative to sparklers could be glow sticks.

As always, you do have the safer option to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

A list of local Fourth of July celebrations across Michiana can be found on our website.

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