In the weeks surrounding the July 4th holiday, an average of 180 people per day wind up in the emergency room due to fireworks-related injuries according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day celebrations. But in the midst of the festivities, it can be easy to overlook the fact that fireworks can be dangerous and may cause serious burns, bodily injury, and even death. Here are some tips to help you enjoy fireworks safely.
- Make sure fireworks are legal to buy and use in your area. Only purchase fireworks designed for consumer use. Fireworks packaged in brown paper are made for professional displays and could be very dangerous to untrained users.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Adult supervision is required at all times when handling fireworks as well as sparklers, which burn at approximately 2,000 degrees.
- After lighting a fuse, back up to a safe distance immediately. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not been fully ignited.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or point or throw them at another person.
- Never discharge fireworks in a metal or glass container.
- Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of fire or mishap. Douse spent fireworks with plenty of water before discarding.
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Make it a safe day!
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