According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year. This includes structure fires, vehicles fires, and outside fires. On average, these fires cause an average of three deaths, 40 injuries, and millions in property damage each year. In 2017, hospital emergency rooms in the United States treated nearly 13,000 people for firework related injuries, with one third of those people being 15 years of age and under.
Fireworks are one of the main attractions surrounding July 4th. Every year people crowd together to watch the extreme firework shows. You can also purchase various forms of fireworks to set off on your own, but if this is the route you decide to take, it is crucial that you know the proper way to handle the fireworks and take part in safety precautions. If you are not confident in setting off your own fireworks, it is best to leave it to the experts.
Top Tips To Keep Your July 4th Safe:
Buy only legal fireworks, which will have a label with the manufacturer's name and directions, while illegal ones are unlabeled.
Keep fireworks stored in cool, dry places.
Never use fireworks while consuming alcohol.
Never allow children to handle fireworks. If you allow them to handle sparklers, they should be supervised at all times. Make sure they keep them outside and away from their face, clothing, and hair.
Wear protective eyewear when using or standing nearby fireworks.
Never light fireworks indoors.
Keep a great distance from people, houses, and flammable material when igniting fireworks. These explosives have a tendency to backfire or shoot in the wrong direction. Setting them off in open areas and away from people will help prevent an emergency.
Only light one firework at a time.
Maintain a safe distance after lighting a firework.
Never ignite a firework in a container.
Do not try to re-light or handle a dud or malfunctioned firework.
Soak unused fireworks in water before discarding.
Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.
Common injuries caused by fireworks are eye injuries and burns. Following the tips above can help ensure that you, your friends, and your family remain safe during the exciting holiday.
Have a happy Independence Day!