Safely Light up the Night
July 4th marks the 240th birthday of the United States of America. Traditionally celebrated with parades, hot dog eating contests, backyard barbeques and of course, fireworks at the end of the day.
The American Pyrotechnics Association reported in 2003 there were 9,700 fireworks-related injuries. Additionally, The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control says that the most injuries (26%) come from sparklers. Stay safe this Independence Day with the following tips to safely light up your night.
- Don’t sit while using sparklers. They should only be used standing up.
- Sparklers burn at very high temperatures. Consider making “sparkler guards” to protect little hands from burns.
- It can be dangerous to pass an already lit sparkler. Light each sparkler individually while it is in the hand of the person who will own it while it’s burning.
- Never toss or throw a sparkler.
- Sparkler sticks stay hot long after the sparkler has gone out. Have a bucket of water on hand to dispose of recently burned sparklers.
- Light fireworks outdoors. Stay away from buildings, flammable materials, and dry grass and leaves.
- Don’t handle or try to relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, then put the firework that did not fully ignite in a bucket of water.
- Never light fireworks inside a container. Glass and metal containers could be extremely dangerous.
- Don’t hold fireworks while lighting them.
- Always have a working hose or bucket of water nearby.
Additional Fireworks Safety Tips
- Know your fireworks; read the warning labels and performance descriptions before lighting them.
- A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
Make the long Independence Day weekend safe. Share these reminders with your friends, family and people you’ll be celebrating with. These tips will help keep everyone safe during July 4th firework activities.