Whether it’s enjoying the fireworks show at a public park or legally purchasing fireworks and setting them off on your own, Americans are passionate about their fireworks and involve them in practically every holiday or celebratory occasion throughout the year. Unfortunately, fireworks are also very dangerous and results in serious burn and eye injuries that may require major reconstruction surgery or amputation, or even death.
According to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,900 injuries treated in American hospital emergency departments in 2015, with 8,000 (or 67% of the total estimated fireworks-related injuries) during the one-month period between June 19, 2015 and July 19, 2015 alone. Despite the dangers, fireworks remain an important part of celebrations, so it’s imperative to take every single safety precaution in order to have an injury-free, good time.
Important fireworks safety tips include the following:
- Leave fireworks to the professionals
- Never allow young children to ignite or play with fireworks
- Always have adult supervision when young children are around fireworks
- Never point or throw fireworks at a house or another person
- Never attempt to re-light or pick up fireworks that haven’t ignited completely
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or fire them from a glass or metal container
- Have a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of a fire
- Dose the fireworks device in water once it’s finished to prevent a fire