Summer means picnics, barbecues, parades and fireworks displays, especially around the 4th of July. Summer also means an increase in injuries from backyard grills, bonfires and fireworks. If you’re going to enjoy a celebration this summer, it's important to follow a few fireworks safety tips.
Even before lighting a single match, it's critical to make sure you’re using fireworks safely. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during 2014. Worse, a reported 11 nonoccupational fireworks-related deaths occurred in 10 incidents during 2014.
- Use outdoors only.
- Obey local fireworks safety laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them!
- Always have both a garden hose and a bucket nearby.
- Only use fireworks safely as they are intended, don’t try to change or combine them.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in water.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking in water, then disposing in trash.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
- Use fireworks safely by using common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance.
- Shooter should avoid drinking alcohol and wear safety glasses.
- Only kids over age 12 should handle sparklers of any type.
- Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.
For more fireworks safety tips, visit www.fireworksafety.com.