It’s almost time to celebrate our country’s independence. Many municipalities around our area display their patriotism with fireworks displays and parades. If you are planning on celebrating with your own personal fireworks, here are some things to remember to prevent injury:
- On average, 240 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
- Remember fireworks can be dangerous and cause serious burns or eye injuries. In 2013, fireworks caused over 15,600 fires to structures, 200 vehicles, and 14,000 outside and other fires. In 2014, emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,500 fireworks related injuries. Sparklers alone accounted for more than one quarter of these emergency room visits. The risk of injury is highest for children 0-4 years.
- Many states and/or cities have laws that prevent personal fireworks use. So if you want to use them, be sure to check with your local police department first. Obey all laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Kids should never play with fireworks, they are too dangerous. Sparklers can reach 1,800 degrees, hot enough to melt gold.
- Buy only legal fireworks that have the manufacturer’s label and directions. Store them in a cool, dry place.
- A responsible adult should supervise all fireworks use.
- Always use fireworks outside; have a bucket of water or water hose nearby.
- Steer clear of others; fireworks can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
- Don’t hold fireworks in your hands; always wear safety glasses.
- Don’t put fireworks in your pocket, friction can set them off.
- Light one firework at a time, (not in metal or glass containers) do not relight “duds.”
- Soak fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in a trash can.
- FAA regulations prohibit the possession or transportation of fireworks in checked or carry-on luggage.
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