The government looking out for you

Just when I was about to go shoot fireworks into my eyes this 4th of July, the Federal Government is, as usual, here to save me.  Thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, I now know that flammable objects can, in fact, be dangerous.  Here’s some great information from Inez Tenenbaum, the head of the commission:

“We know that 70 percent of all [fireworks-related] accidents occur between June 20 and July 20.”

“This is the time of year that people are using fireworks.”

“Never pick up a firework that is a dud [and] hasn’t fired, because it might go off in your hand.”

And here’s the kicker:

“Parents need to exercise caution and make certain they’re buying fireworks that comply with their state and local and county ordinances.”

Yes, she gets paid for this with our tax dollars.  Happy Independence weekend everyone.  And the next time you think about engaging in any marginally dangerous activity, just remember – there’s a governmental department for that.

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