When you think of the 4th of July and summer celebrations, you usually think of fireworks and sparklers. It’s important to remember that fireworks and sparklers can be dangerous. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are over 200 injuries a day around the 4th of July, some life threatening or life altering.
If you plan on making fireworks and sparklers party of your celebration this summer, follow these tips to prevent injuries or death. We wish you and your families a happy celebration and be safe!
– Use fireworks and sparklers outdoor only
– Obey laws – make sure fireworks are legal in your area
Keep a bucket of water or a water handy at all times
Use as directed. Light one at a time.
Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. Stay clear and then soak with water.
Spectators need to keep a safe distance.
Never place any part of the body of the firework when lighting it, once lit back up to a safe distance.
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix! Have a “designated shooter”.
Do not use homemade fireworks and avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. Brown paper is usually a sign they were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to the average consumer.
Never point or throw fireworks at another person, even in jest.
Never carry fireworks in your pocket, the friction could set them off.
Do not shoot fireworks off in metal or glass containers.
Once fireworks have finished burning, douse them with plenty of water to prevent a trash fire when you discard them.
Sparklers are smaller than fireworks, but they pose just as much danger. 1/3 of firework injuries to children under 5 are as a result of sparklers. These tips will help the children have fun with their sparklers.
Always have an adult supervise.
Remain standing while using sparklers.
Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time.
Wear closed-toe shoes while holding sparklers. The sparks that drop down to your feet can burn!
Sparklers remain hot even after the sparkle is gone, so when finished drop in to bucket of water.
Never hand a lighted sparkler to someone. Instead, hand them the unlit sparkler and then light it for them.
Encourage children never to run with a sparkler and to keep the sparkler at an arm’s length.
Source: The National Council on Fireworks Safety