Firework Safety Tips For Your Fourth of July
Fireworks go with the Fourth of July like picnics, parades, and watermelon. However, you must use caution while lighting your fireworks. The National Fireworks Safety Council offers of some great safety tips when it comes to firework safety this Fourth of July.
- Parents should not allow young children to handle fireworks.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Do not hold a firework in your hand unless specifically stated in the caution label.
- Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
- Always have water ready, both in a bucket and in a charged hose, if you are using fireworks.
- Wear eye protection (safety glasses) whenever using fireworks.
- Only light one firework at a time.
- Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires.
According to the Product Safety Commission, in 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 41% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one-quarter (26%) of the estimated 2015 injuries.
Safety is an important key to having a fun holiday with your friends and family. Remember these safety tips, and have a very Happy Fourth of July.