Fireworks Safety Tips
Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July. But fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. If fireworks are legal where you live, and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Use fireworks outside only.
- Never try to re-light a “dud” firework.
- Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
- Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Keep buckets of water or a garden hose handy.
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
- In the U.S., more home fire are reported on the 4th of July than any other day of they year, half of these fires are caused by fireworks.
- On the 4th of July in 2005, there were 1,800 structural fires and 700 vehicle fires, which caused $39 million in property damage.
- In 2006, fireworks injuries caused 9,200 people to seek treatment in U.S. emergency rooms. 2% of these were arm injuries, 6% were torso, 10% leg, 22% head, 24% eyes, and 34% hands.
- The risk of fireworks injury is 2.5 times higher for children ages 10-14.
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