Firework Safety Tips

The Fourth of July brings so much joy to so many people.  It is a reminder of our freedom, a time to bar-b-que, relax, and watch colorful spectaculars unfold in the night skies with our loved ones.  It is also a day that brings many, many firework related injuries; some being fatal.

On average, each Fourth of July brings 240 people to the emergency room with firework related injuries to the mouth.  Nearly half of all firework related injuries occur on the hands and fingers; the next common areas to be effected are the eyes, heads, faces and ears… more than half of these injuries were burn related.  The most dangerous firework is the sparkler.  They seem safe enough, and that is why they are so dangerous, as they are capable of burning at temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit; not a commonly known fact.     The next two most dangerous fireworks are reloadable shells and firecrackers.  Roman candles and bottle rockets follow, and various other types follow those.  The age group that is most likely to be injured is between the ages of 25 and 44; 45 to 64 follow.  Ages 10-19 are a close third; males are more likely than females to be injured by fireworks.

So, how can you prevent firework related injuries?  Be smart!  Use caution while celebrating this amazing day in our nation’s history; use common sense!

1)      Never under any circumstance allow a child to ignite or play with a firework.

2)      Avoid purchasing fireworks packaged in brown paper.  This is often a sign that the fireworks were manufactured for professional displays and may pose a serious threat to consumers.

3)      Always have adults supervise firework related activities.  Parents don’t realize the potential danger of sparklers.  They burn at temperatures hot enough to melt some metals.  Here is an easy trick to help avoid child related injuries:

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4)      Never ever try to re-ignite a firework that did not fully light.  It may have had a delayed reaction and the second you approach the firework it may blow up.

5)      Never point or throw a firework at another person.

6)      Keep a bucket of water handy and/or a garden hose readily available in case the firework lights a nearby object on fire.

7)      Ignite fireworks one at a time and quickly douse in water once it is finished with its display.

8)      Do not light fireworks near power lines or vehicles.

9)      Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass container.

10)   Once fireworks have completely burned, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding in order to prevent a trash fire.

11)   Check to make sure fireworks are legal in your area prior to purchase.

 

Please be safe this weekend; avoid any hospital visits and enjoy your time with your loved ones!———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
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Comments

  1. Cindy Lee says:

    America, land of the free, home of the pyros. :D

  2. roberta a says:

    thank you so much! fireworks always scare the crap outta me but the kids love them! LOL

  3. iliana rivera says:

    love the sparkler in a cup idea!

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