Fireworks Safety Tips

FireworksDid you realize that 230 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.  Of those, 20% are related to the use of firecrackers and 19% from the use of sparklers.  Statistically, 35% of the injuries are children under the age of 15.

Fireworks and celebrations go together.  Remember, fireworks can cause serious burns and eye injuries.  Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

The safest way to enjoy the celebration is to attend a public display.  Be sure, to follow the direction of the people in charge and when you arrive remember to designate a place for everyone to meet in case you get separated during the festivities.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!!!!!!