Fireworks are practically synonymous with celebrating Independence Day, and there’s nothing like watching sparkling and colourful starbursts streaming across the night’s sky after a long day spent swimming, eating, playing games and being merry. But, the excitement of a fireworks display or lighting that first firecracker can also bring danger—if not handled properly.
Almost half (47%) of the reported fires on the Fourth of July were started by fireworks. According to the CPSC, more than one-third (35%) of the people seen in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries were under 15; nine percent were under five. Here are a few suggestions from The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on how you could be safe:
- Don’t ever allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Check local laws and only use legal, consumer-grade fireworks.
- When in doubt, leave professional fireworks to the professionals.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
- Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps
- Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.