The 4th of July always brings a burst of excitement! Hot dogs, apple pie, red-white-and-blue, parades – are just a few ways we enjoy celebrating American liberty to the fullest. Many of us will go to family gatherings and festivities to watch big BOOMS of fireworks. Getting all caught up in the fun is easy, and unfortunately many accidents and injuries are caused by the misuse of fireworks.
Unfortunately, harmless fun can turn tragic quickly. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that in the month around the 4th of July, 230 people on average receive treatment in emergency rooms every day. More than 50% of firework related injuries were burns and 36% of injuries were located on the hands and fingers. If you are celebrating with fireworks this 4th of July, it is important to know what safety measures you can take to prevent injuries or death of friends, loved ones and neighbors.
Use these safety guidelines when handling fireworks:
- It’s never OK for young children to play or ignite fireworks. Including sparklers, which burn at around 2,000 degrees and can melt metal.
- Never aim or throw fireworks at some one.
- Never try to relight a firework that didn’t fully ignite.
- Never use a glass or metal container to shoot them off in.
- Don’t buy fireworks wrapped in brown paper. These are usually meant for professional displays.
- Light fireworks individually, and move away from them to a safe distance quickly.
- Don’t handle fireworks that malfunction. Put them in water then throw them away.
- Fill a bucket full of water or keep a hose close by in case of fire or another mishap.
- Once the fireworks are completely done burning, soak remains in water before throwing away to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure the fireworks you by or use are legal in your area.
Parvey & Cavenago wish you and your family a Happy 4th of July Holiday! Stay safe, be smart and enjoy celebrating the freedom of our nation!