Family Health

Fireworks Safety Month: What You Need to Know

Jul 2 • 2015

Many people enjoy watching fireworks throughout the month of July, especially around Independence Day. People often choose to purchase their own fireworks, which can be both fun and dangerous if not handled properly. During the month of July, an average of 240 people go to the emergency room every day with injuries from fireworks. This includes serious burns, eye injuries, and even death.

By making sure your family is educated on these fireworks safety tips, you can enjoy the thrill of fireworks while feeling confident that you are preventing injury. Remember the following:

  • Make sure you know all of the local laws about the use of fireworks in your area.
  • Never leave children with fireworks unattended. A responsible adult should be supervising at all times.
  • Read all labels on the fireworks before you ignite them, including the performance descriptions. This¬†eliminates any surprises once they go off.
  • Wear safety goggles when shooting off fireworks and only light one at a time. Move away quickly once it has been lit.
  • Never use fireworks indoors. Make sure you are in a clear area that is away from vehicles and buildings.
  • Keep a bucket of water and a hose nearby at all times. If a firework is a dud, do not try to relight it. Instead, wait 20 minutes and then soak it in your bucket of water to prevent burns or injury.
  • Fireworks that have already been used should be wet down and put in a metal trash can that is not near any buildings or other explosive materials until the following day.
  • Never try to experiment with homemade fireworks. Only use fireworks that have been purchased from a trusted retailer. Avoid any illegal explosives.
  • Do not carry fireworks around in your pocket or shoot them into glass or metal containers.
  • Do not consume alcohol before shooting off fireworks.

An outdoor fireworks display is a great way to entertain the entire family in celebration of the Fourth of July, but safety is important. Keep these tips in mind to have a safe and enjoyable holiday.