Help prevent firework injuries this summer and promote safety to those you know.
Fireworks are synonymous with summer celebrations. One celebration that is specifically called to mind is the Fourth of July. On average, 200 people go to the emergency room with firework injuries on the days surrounding America’s birthday.
Fireworks Safety Tips
If you plan on enjoying amateur-fireworks with friends and family, then please take the time to read these safety tips:
- Never place any part of your body over a firework.
- Back up to a safe distance before the firework ignites.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- Never pick up or try to relight a firework that has not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw a firework at another person.
- Keep water nearby in case of a fire or an emergency.
- Make sure you are following your local or state firework laws.
Children and Fireworks
- Never allow young children to play with fireworks.
- Children who are allowed to play with fireworks should always have adult supervision.
Homemade and Illegal Fireworks
Often times, homemade and illegal fireworks are involved in deaths resulting from firework play. During the Fourth of July holiday, the most injured body parts are the hands, fingers, face, ears and eyes. More than half of firework injuries are burns and the majority of injuries happen to males ages 25-44.
Be safe and have a great time celebrating the Fourth of July!
More information + an infographic on firework injuries click this link from the CPSC.
Originally posted on the Guardian Blog in July 2014.