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Fireworks Safety

Fireworks Safety

Independence Day celebrations are a U.S. tradition and often include an assortment of fireworks! Fireworks safety is a must for all Fourth of July festivities. 250 people go to the Emergency Room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

·         In 2016, 11,100 consumers were injured and treated in Emergency Rooms and four died from their injuries

·         Young adults had the highest number of injuries, follow by children younger than 5

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Many of the fireworks injuries were a result of misuse or malfunction:

·         Mischief

·         Lighting fireworks inside a body part or in hand

·         Fireworks straying off course

·         Short fuses

·         Blowouts and fragment pieces

·         Tip-over incidents

Keep in mind that sparklers burn at 2000º F. Bottle rockets can fly through the air at 7 to 10 feet per second. Larger stick rockets are powerful projectiles with erratic flight paths.

 Fireworks Safety Tips:

·         Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them

·         Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper, which often means they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers

·         Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities

·         Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks

·         Make sure you, your kids, and others watch fireworks displays from a safe distance

·         Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly

·         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

·         Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully

·         Never point or throw fireworks at another person

·         Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers

·         Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap

·         After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire

·         Call 911 or seek medical care immediately if someone is injured from fireworks

 

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