It’s July 4 and many people are looking forward to festivities. Especially fireworks displays later on this evening. A lot of people will purchase their own fireworks at retail stores and roadside stands.
In a lot of areas conditions are very dry. Even with some rain, the woods remain dry enough to start fires caused by fireworks. This worries a lot of fire officials.
Another major concern is people getting injured by fireworks. In many areas anything that explodes or shoots into the air is considered illegal. This includes most fireworks. However, people are able to buy them – many times after signing a waiver saying they’ll follow the laws, and possibly being asked to show a drivers license.
Fireworks burn at temperatures of 1,200 degrees – this includes sparklers! If you can burn your hand in your oven set at 350 – 450 degrees, think of the damage you will get from sparklers, firecrackers, etc. You can easily burn your skin or set fire to your clothes.
Occasionally, you will hear a report of someone getting a finger or part of a hand blow off by a firecracker.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission 40% of the people getting injured are children. 40% of the injuries involved sparklers or rockets (bottle rockets, etc.).
They reported 11 firework deaths for 2014, and 10,500 injuries treated in US hospital emergency departments.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Number one tip – it’s much safer (and more fun) to watch a professional fireworks display, rather than setting off your own fireworks
- Store your fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Don’t alter fireworks or try to make your own.
- Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Keep young children away from sparklers or any other kind of firework.
- Don’t wear loose clothing when using fireworks.
- Keep a garden hose or a bucket of water nearby.
- Hold fireworks away from you when lighting them.
- Only light one firework at a time – then move away quickly.
- If a firework fails to ignite or explode, don’t try to reignite it – dump water on it and throw it away.
- Don’t light bottle rockets and then allow them to launch from your hand.
- Carefully follow directions on how to properly shoot or launch fireworks.
- Ignite fireworks outdoors on a paved surface away from people, trees, vehicles, power line, etc.
- If a firework doesn’t look right, the fuse is too short, etc., don’t use it.
- When you are finished with your fireworks, hose up the area, cleaning up all the debris and used fireworks.