Independence Day – Fireworks Safety

Firework safety

Fourth of July is about freedom, liberty, and the birthday of the country. While celebrating independence this year, many will watch fireworks and enjoy family gatherings. As the day is celebrated, make sure to do so safely.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 10,500 people were treated for injuries related to fireworks in 2013 and required emergency medical treatment. About 30 percent of these injuries were sustained by children younger than 15.

The National Safety Council advises the best way to safely enjoy this 4th of July is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to use them, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks. Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, in a clear outdoor area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.
  • Do not aim fireworks at another individual and never place any part of your body over a firework.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire, and do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. If you are in an area experiencing drought-like conditions, reconsider using fireworks due to the increase in fire risk.
  • “Safe and sane” fireworks are neither. Fireworks and sparklers are designed to explode or throw off showers of hot sparks.  Sparklers can burn to about 2,000° F.
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