How to avoid firework injuries
July 1, 2016
Independence Day is right around the corner, which means celebrating with friends and family at picnics or community events. During the celebrations, fireworks often make an appearance. According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “60 percent of all fireworks injuries occur during the 30 days surrounding the July Fourth holiday,” making firework injuries a top concern during this time of year.
Before igniting fireworks this Fourth of July, review these tips to avoid firework injuries and to celebrate successfully with friends and family.
- Check local regulations
- Are you in a place where it is permitted to launch fireworks? Fireworks should only be lit outdoors in an empty area, away from all buildings and vehicles
- Read cautionary labels
- Before igniting fireworks, be sure to read the labels and performance descriptions, so you know what to expect and how to properly handle them
- Keep a bucket of water nearby
- The bucket of water should be able to fit all sizes of fireworks. Doing this will assist in safety for “duds” and spent fireworks
- Only light one firework at a time
- Wear safety glasses or goggles
- Quickly move away from the firework after it is lit
- Never relight a “dud” firework
- Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
- Place “duds” and spent fireworks in a metal trash can away from buildings until the next day
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket
- Keep your children safe
- Children should never be near fireworks without adult supervision. “Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 35 percent of…[firework] injuries” in 2014, according to CPSC
- Ask children to stand back when you ignite fireworks
- Don’t mix alcohol and fireworks
- Wait until after the firework show to have a drink to avoid misuse or mistakes
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