Fireworks Injury Prevention

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.