Firework Safety

Typically, the 4th of July holiday is celebrated with grilling, gatherings and some fireworks. Since fireworks can be dangerous, we wanted to share some tips on safety when lighting off fireworks.

Each year, there are almost 9,000 emergency room-treated injuries associated with fireworks, according to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission. Here are some ways to be safer so this won't be an issue.

Have an adult present at all times.

When purchasing fireworks, buy from reliable sellers.

Only use fireworks outdoors.

Keep water close to you at all times when setting off fireworks. It's not a bad idea to have a fire extinguisher, but if that's not possible, a hose will do.

Don't allow small children to hold or set off fireworks.

Always follow the instructions on the packaging.

Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."

When fireworks are not being used, store in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

Don't throw or point fireworks toward people, pets, walls, houses, cars or anything flammable.

If you are at a professional fireworks display, always stay at least 500 feet from the action.

Don't experiment with or try to make your own fireworks.

Do not shoot fireworks off in metal or glass containers.

When disposing of fireworks, soak them in water and then dispose of them in your trashcan.

 

Sources: Red Cross and National Council on Fireworks Safety.

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