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Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks Safety Tips

Every year on July 5 we hear stories about children, teens and adults who are injured by legal and illegal fireworks. 4th of July is a time of celebration: but there is nothing to celebrate in the annual injuries, fire and destruction caused by careless and irresponsible use of fireworks.

According to the National Fire Protection Association:

  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2011, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,600 people for fireworks related injuries; 61% of 2010 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-19, and adults 25-44, in an atypical year of a very comparable risk across much of the population.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.


The vast majority of these fireworks injuries are preventable. Fireworks are best left to the professionals at public fireworks displays. Fireworks should never be purchased illegally and imported into your home and community.  However, there are some states and towns where consumer fireworks are legally sold. Common sense fireworks safety tips can prevent injury to you or someone you love.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers common sense safety tips for using legal consumer fireworks so that injuries to consumers can be greatly reduced:

  1. Know your fireworks; read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  2. Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
  3. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  4. Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
  5. Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  6. Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  7. Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
  8. Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  9. Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  10. Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  11. Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
  12. Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks and use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
  13. Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates in 2012, about 8,700 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks. Let’s all celebrate responsibly in 2013, and enjoy firework safety at a display by professionals.

 

Let’s make this a safe summer!

 

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