How to Practice Firework Safety This Summer
As Independence Day approaches, it seems like people are celebrating with fireworks and similar products nearly everywhere you go. From backyard barbeques to community festivals, it’s a popular way to celebrate some of the traditions of summer. Unfortunately, fireworks and their counterparts can cause serious injury and death. Here are a few ways that you can stay safe this 4th of July.
Fireworks Injury Statistics
The United States Consumer Product Safety Division reports that approximately 12,000 people receive treatment for a firework-related injury at hospital emergency rooms every year and ten people die. Thousands of others received minor injuries that don’t require hospital treatment. Nearly two-thirds of these people received their injuries when trying to ignite professional-grade, homemade or another type of illegal firework. The other one-third of injuries occurred among people using legal products that had more power than they expected.
In addition to the significant injuries and preventable deaths attributed to firework use, these explosives also cause an extensive amount of structural and property damage each year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the incorrect use of fireworks-related products causes more than 1,200 home fires annually.
Fireworks Safety Tips for the Whole Family
If you choose to buy legal fireworks products, you should not permit children to handle them in any way. Even older children that normally display mature judgment should have close adult supervision while near these products. Here are some other safety tips that safety professionals recommend:
- Keep a bucket of cold water close, so it’s handy if you need to put out any unexpected flames.
- For products that you don’t end up using, soak them in cold water for two to three hours before you throw them away.
- Never light any type of fireworks product inside a home or garage.
- Make sure that you and anyone else who handles a potentially explosive device wear protective eye gear and flame-resistant clothing the entire time.
- If a product appears malfunctioned and won’t light after one attempt, set it aside to discard rather than attempt to re-light it.
- Never place any type of explosive device inside of a container before igniting it.
- Never light multiple devices at the same time.
- When using a firework-type of product, ensure that you’re at least several hundred yards from other people, homes or anything that could catch fire if you’re unable to control the device.
- If attending a community event, instruct your kids not to pick up any leftover firework devices since it could still be hot enough to burn them or even explode.
We’re Here if You Need Us
Please stay safe this summer whether you light fireworks yourself or attend a professional display. If you happen to have an injury, please come to see us at PrimeCare Urgent Care immediately! We’re open seven days a week, including holidays. You don’t need an appointment, and we will provide prompt care at a fraction of the cost of the typical emergency room.