Summer Safety As Important As Summer Fun
Fireworks are a staple of many Fourth of July and other celebrations, but it is important that you take precautions to ensure your special event is safe and free of accidents.
Unfortunately, many people do not realize just how dangerous fireworks and sparklers can be – which is a primary reason that injuries occur. Fireworks not only injure the users but can also affect bystanders. Bottle rockets and firecrackers can fly in any direction and may explode on or near someone instead of up in the air. Sparklers are also a huge risk, as they burn at very high temperatures and are often given to children too young to use them safely. All fireworks pose potential risks of burn, blindness, and other injuries.
Tips for safe use
When using fireworks, always plan carefully in advance for who will shoot them and what safety precautions you will have in place. Here are some suggestions to ensure safety and avoid accidents:
- Use fireworks and sparklers outdoors only.
- Only use fireworks if they are legal where you live (check local laws).
- Always have a hose or water bucket handy.
- Only use fireworks as intended. Do not alter or combine them, and do not use homemade fireworks.
- Keep spectators a safe distance away.
- Wear safety goggles when handling or shooting off fireworks.
- Do not shoot fireworks off if under the influence of alcohol.
- Never give sparklers to young children and watch all children carefully.
- Show children how to properly hold sparklers, how to stay far enough away from other children and what not to do (throw, run or fight with a sparkler in hand).
- Point fireworks away from homes, trees or bushes.
- Never try to relight a dud (a firework that didn’t properly ignite).
- Soak all firework debris in water before throwing away.
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them from metal or glass containers.
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