4th of July Fireworks Safety Safety

4th of July Fireworks Safety  

Tomorrow is Independence Day, the Fourth of July. One of our traditions is to watch fireworks displays or shoot them off ourselves. Over 9,000 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms last year. The trend in fireworks-related injuries has been mostly up since 1996, primarily due to celebrations around the advent of a new millennium. The highest injury rates were for children aged 10 to 14. 75% of all injured were male.

Most fireworks injuries involve burns, but there were also contusions, lacerations and other types of injuries. Let’s look at some safety precautions if you’re around fireworks:

  • Only adults should light fireworks
  • Only use outdoors
  • Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand
  • Protect your eyes
  • Light one firework at a time and move away quickly
  • Never relight a “dud”
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children
  • Store fireworks out of children’s reach
  • Keep pets safe indoors