Prevent Firework Injuries on 4th of July Weekend
The Fourth of July is coming up, and you know what that means – fireworks! These wonderful displays of light can be very dangerous if misused, so use care to ensure a fun and safe holiday celebration.
Thousands of people are injured every year due to fireworks, and the leading cause is misuse. Read directions very carefully and always set off fireworks far away from people, pets, and your home. Children are more likely to be injured by fireworks, and they should always be supervised if allowed to participate in the festivities.
Sparklers, bottle rockets, firecrackers and Roman candles are especially popular among kids because they can be held in your hand. Although they are small, they can quickly turn into dangerous weapons. Sparklers can reach a temperature of 2,000°F, and bottle rockets are notorious of sending children to the emergency room with eye injuries. It's recommended that you don't allow children to play with fireworks. If you do allow your children to use these fireworks, pay close attention and be sure to educate them on fire safety.
Even if you consider yourself an "expert" at putting on a firework display, accidents happen. You should always take extra steps to ensure your safety while showing off to the neighborhood. Follow these firework safety tips:
- Only set off ONE firework at a time and move far away once a firework is lit.
- Keep a bucket of water close in case of a fire or to discard faulty fireworks.
- Do not consume alcohol while using fireworks. Nothing good can come from this combination!
- Never point fireworks at other people. And when using handheld fireworks, be sure to stand far away from others.
Leave it to the Professionals
With all the possibilities for injury, your safest bet is to find a public fireworks display in your area. Large fireworks displays are put on by professionals, and they minimize the risk of injury to you or your family members. More than one-third of those injured by fireworks in Indiana were age 18 or younger, with one-fourth of those injured by fireworks being under the age of 12, according to 2017 numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health.
Going to public fireworks displays also allow the entire family to enjoy the show while limiting the potential for injury. So, find a public show in your area, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!