Fireworks are often a highlight of July 4th celebrations, adding a fun, dynamic element to many festivities. As captivating as fireworks can be, however, they can also come with some risks. In fact, at least 11 people were killed in fireworks accidents in 2014.1
Additionally, the latest findings about fireworks accidents in the U.S. indicate that, in 2014:
- About 10,500 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in U.S. emergency rooms.
- Children under 15 years old comprised about 35 percent of the victims of fireworks accidents.
To minimize you and/or your children’s risk of firework accidents and injuries this year, here are some important fireworks safety tips to incorporate in this year’s festivities:
- Never throw fireworks at another person.
- When setting off fireworks, make sure you have a hose, fire extinguisher, and/or pail of water ready just in case a fire breaks out.
- Do not let young kids play with sparklers without the supervision of an adult.
- Do not let young kids use lighters/matches, play with fireworks or ignite fireworks.
- When lighting the fuse of fireworks, stand back. As soon as the fuse has been lit, back up a safe distance. Never bend or hunch over the firework when or after lighting the fuse.
- Do not pick up or try to reignite fireworks that have failed to fully ignite.
- Do not shoot fireworks off within containers, such as glass or metal containers.
- Do not transport or carry fireworks in pockets.
- Before throwing away spent fireworks casings, etc., be sure to douse them in water to prevent a fire.
- Do not set off fireworks if it is not legal to do so in your town, city or county. Check with city hall officials (or the local fire department) if you are unsure about whether it’s legal to set off fireworks in your area.
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1: The latest year for which complete statistics are available; all data, facts and statistics discussed herein come from a report published by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC).