Fireworks Safety Tips
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Safety experts urge caution when using fireworks for a reason. Each Fourth of July in the U.S., thousands of people – mostly children and teens – end up in the Emergency Department with fireworks injuries.
Did you know, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Firework-related accidents cause more than 11,000 injuries and seven deaths each every year.
- Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 31 percent of the estimated 2016 injuries.
- 39 percent of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were to individuals younger than 20 years of age.
Recommended Fireworks Safety Tips
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a professional display.
- Young children should not be permitted to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Reinforce withyour children essential fire safety tips, such as to "stop/drop/roll" and call 911.
- If you do decide to light fireworks, make sure that you do it in an area that is open, away from homes/buildings and free from dry grass/leaves.Do not point or aim fireworks at a person, and make sure that people are out of range of the area where fireworks are being lit.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket.
- Do not use homemade or illegal fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time, and back up quickly after lighting.
- Never re-light or pick up a firework that did not fully ignite.Wait 20 minutes, and then apply water before picking up.
- Have a bucket of water or a hose nearby.