Practice Fireworks Safety this July 4th
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission
, 230 people each day on average go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries in July. Of those injuries, 16% are to the eyes.
Children under the age of 15 account for 35% of these injuries. In addition, the National Fire Protection Association
estimates that fireworks cause an average of 20,000 reported fires every year.
The best way to enjoy fireworks is to attend public displays put on by professionals. However if you do plan on setting off fireworks please follow recommended safety precautions:
- Wear safety goggles when lighting fireworks
- When observing fireworks do so at a safe distance free of any falling debris
- Never allow young children to play or light fireworks
- Stand off to the side while lighting fireworks - never place any part of your body directly over a firework
- Only light fireworks in large open spaces free of dry grass or other flammable materials
- Keep a bucket of water or charged garden hose ready in case of fire or other mishap
- Only light fireworks one at a time and back away quickly
- Do not use homemade fireworks
- Never relight a "dud" firework but instead wait 20 minutes and then soak in water before disposing
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