Forget Fireworks: July 4th is for Freebies

#TaniaOnTheScene - Before the fireworks begin — and before the grill gets lit — some retailers are urging consumers to stop by for Fourth of July deals.

Consumers seeking the most patriotic way to spend the Fourth of July holiday used to have two choices: Hit the grill, or hit the fireworks show. Now, there’s a third option: Hit the stores — for bargains and freebies.

In a tough economy, a widening circle of familiar brands, from Boston Market to Payless Shoes to Sherwin-Williams, are offering steep discounts — or even freebies — built around the July Fourth holiday. Some marketers are targeting veterans and military. Others are reaching out to lure in the die-hard value-seekers. But almost all are pushing enticing deals to drive business on a day when millions of Americans have traditionally made plans to gather outdoors and party, not stay indoors and shop.

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Fourth of July Safety Tips

#TaniaOnTheScene || Enjoy your 4th, but be safe in the process.

Each year, especially during the early summer weeks around the Fourth of July, thousands of people are treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries. While some are minor, many of these injuries are serious, for example, resulting in burns or blindness. In 2008, seven deaths from fireworks-related injuries were reported; perhaps these could have been prevented.

Children should never be allowed to use fireworks! Of the 9,800 fireworks-related injuries reported to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2007, almost half occurred in children under the age of 15.

All fireworks are dangerous—even sparklers—which cause the majority of fireworks-related injuries to children under the age of 5. Sparklers burn at very high temperatures (up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit), sending out sparks that can easily set clothes on fire and cause permanent eye damage.

Because the risk of injuries when using fireworks is so high, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports a nationwide ban on the private use of any and all fireworks. Instead, families should attend public fireworks displays, which are much less dangerous.

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