According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2016 fireworks caused:
–More than 25,000 injuries, including over 11,000 emergency room visits.
–Total medical expenses of more than $61 million.
To keep you and your family safe and prevent injury this 4th of July, here are some safety tips to keep in mind over the holiday weekend:
- A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities.
- Never purchase fireworks that are illegal as their quality cannot be assured; and never experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Be aware and sensitive to all your surroundings that may add an extra safety hazard.
- Don’t handle fireworks under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- When shooting off fireworks, avoid loose clothing that may catch fire easily.
- Wear safety glasses when lighting fireworks.
- Never relight what you think might be a “dud”.
- Keep a water hose, bucket of water, and/or a fire extingusher handy.
- Wait 20 minutes before handling used fireworks, then soak with water before disposing to prevent unintentional fires.
- If you are injured, see immediate medical attention.