Dangers Of Fourth Of July Fireworks
- Never use illegal or homemade fireworks.
- Monitor children closely when using sparklers.
- Have a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of an emergency.
- Soak used fireworks in water before throwing them away to prevent fires.
- Light fireworks one at a time and back up immediately.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
When using any fireworks, it is important to keep in mind that no matter how many times you’ve used them before, you are literally playing with fire. The study found that 40 percent of injuries occurred to individuals ages 25 to 44. The most injured body parts are hands and fingers (46 percent), eyes (17 percent), and heads, faces and ears (17 percent). These numbers can easily change by adhering to fireworks safety precautions. Please keep these tips handy and have a safe Fourth of July holiday.
cpsc.gov, “CPSC Special Study on Fireworks Incidents Finds Hundreds of Injuries a Day Surrounding July 4 Holiday Festivities,” 26 June 2012