INDIANAPOLIS – Public safety officials have asked the community to keep two words in mind this Fourth of July: Common sense.
Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger said “common sense is key” and it can help prevent a lot of injuries this time of year.
“Sometimes it's not cool to be thinking about risk management, but in this situation, it's extremely cool in this situation because it could save a life or definitely could keep people from getting injured,” said Mellinger.
Even those who use fireworks said they can be dangerous if used incorrectly.
“You don't want to blow a finger off,” said Kevin Martin.
To prevent these incidents, officials encourage firework users to read the labels.
Dale Knabe, who runs a firework store in Anderson, said he’s seen the damage they can cause.
“The power of some of this stuff, it can actually blow your hand off. It can hurt you. It can actually put you in the hospital,” he said.