Celebrate July 4th safely
Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. However, the thrill of fireworks can also bring injury.
If you and your family are going to celebrate with fireworks, please remember these simple safety tips:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
An average of 250 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.