Do you know how to stay safe while using consumer fireworks?
The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate, spend time with family and friends, and just have fun! Often, fireworks are a part of this annual celebration, but according to the National Fire Protection Association, thousands of people are injured each year while using consumer fireworks. Most often injured are children and teens. Take it upon yourself to learn about fireworks safety so you can protect your family this Fourth. Here are some basic fireworks safety tips to keep in mind:
- Be sure to read and follow all the instruction on the firework labels
- Never re-light a dud firework
- Keep a bucket of water and/or a hose handy while using fireworks
- Never aim or throw fireworks toward anyone
- Do not allow children to use, play with or light fireworks
- Only light one firework at a time and move away quickly after lighting
- Do not allow children to pick up the used fireworks, as they may still be hot
Sparklers are not "safer" fireworks–they can actually reach a temperature of more than 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns. It is recommended that only children age 12 or older use sparklers. Follow these tips to keep kids safe:
- Only light one at a time
- Wear closed-toe shoes
- Keep the sparkler held out at arm's length
- Put used sparklers in a bucket of water
- Do not wave or throw them
Still want more information on keeping your family safe this Fourth? Visit our Health Library to check out the section on Fireworks Safety. To learn more about our hospital services, visit us online or call our Consult-a-Nurse service at 1-800-445-3392 for health information and physician referrals.