It is estimated that fireworks sent 8000 Americans to the emergency room during the 4th of July holiday. Injuries due to fireworks mostly are burn to all parts of the body except the eyes. The eyes sustains contusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies rather than burns. About one third of these injures results in permanent blindness.
Here are some safety tips to keep you and your family safe.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- Do not bring pets to a firework display and if fireworks are used near your home, put your pet in a safe interior room to help deaden the sound.
- Little children have little arms. Do not have them hold sparklers which can heat up to 1200 degrees.
Here are some suggestion to celebrate July 4th without fireworks:
- Make 4th of July rockets by using paper towel rolls, paint, streamers and paper cement.
- Make pinwheels or wind socks with an Independence Day theme.
- After the sun goes down, wrap flashlights in colored cellophane to provide fun shades of light.
- Purchase non-toxic glow-sticks, ropes and jewelry that can safely light the night for kids.
- Using yarn, craft sticks,paint and construction paper, families can make the United States flag.
- Have children design and decorate their own t-shirts and hats using glow in the dar paint Add puffy paints and glitter to make them sparkle.
No matter what you do this 4th of July have fun and be safe.Attend only fireworks shows run by licensed professionals and being vigilant, we can celebrate our nation’s birthday with family and friends, not wind up in the emergency room.