For New Years and the Fourth of July many people choose to light fireworks at their homes and unfortunately can lead to unnecessary injuries. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep you and your family safe.
Where should you buy fireworks?
You should only purchase fireworks from a licensed stand. Fireworks from other places may be homemade, which could be unsafe.
Where is it safe to light fireworks?
Fireworks should only be set off outside on a concrete surface. There should be least 25 feet between the where you do the fireworks and any tree, buildings, and people. Always read the instructions and caution labels to make sure you fully understand how to light and handle each firework.
Who can set off fireworks?
Fireworks should only be lit by adults. Many parents let their children handle sparklers but did you know that sparklers alone account for more than one-quarter of emergency room firework injuries?
What to do if the firework appears to be a “dud”?
Do not attempt to relight the firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. Dispose of these “duds” in a metal trash can the following morning.
If you have any questions on how to safely use fireworks we encourage you to consult your local dealer.
- From 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 18,500 fires caused by fireworks.
- In 2014, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks related injuries.
- The risk of fireworks injury is highest for young people ages 5-9, followed by children 10-19.
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