Festive Holidays Means Safe Fireworks
Fireworks are part of many fun summer celebrations, and people often think they are a great family activity, as well. But doctors and experts are warning people about fireworks, because each year, in the month around the July 4th holiday, 65 percent of people on average seek medical treatment every day with fireworks-related injuries.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently found that an alarming number of children under age 5 suffered burns and other injuries from fireworks. Many people felt safe giving small children sparklers and bottle rockets, mistakenly thinking these were less powerful and more safe than other devices.
Though they make events fun and festive, the truth is that mishandling fireworks or using illegal fireworks can lead to problems that will land you in the doctor’s office. Doctors see a lot of hand, finger and eye injuries caused by fireworks each year, and say that the safest way to enjoy them is at a professional display.
If you set up your own legal display, here are some tips to enjoy the festivities and stay out of the doctor’s office!
- Call 911 immediately if someone is injured by fireworks.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
- Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper, which means they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers.
- Make sure you, your kids, and other watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
- Make sure the fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Parents may not realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees-hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them in water and throw them away.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
Do you have plans involving fireworks this summer? Share your safety tips with us!
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