Wednesday, July 4, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
According to estimates by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly 13,000 people were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries last year — around half of those injuries were to the extremities while 36 percent were head-related injuries.
And according to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause nearly 19,000 reported fires each year.
Here are some tips for staying safe while using consumer fireworks this Fourth of July:
- Fireworks packaged in brown paper are made for professional displays – avoid buying.
- Know your town’s local ordinance regarding fireworks use:
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, especially with sparklers.
- Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire and to douse used fireworks before discarding in trash.
- Never allow young children to play or ignite fireworks.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- Never try to re-light or pickup fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never place a part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Below are some of the best infographics on firework safety we found: