10 Fireworks Safety Tips: Do’s and Don’ts

two boys playing with sparklers for fourth of July
Fireworks can cause a lot of damage, not only burns, blindness or other injuries but also cause life-threatening home and vehicle fires.

You’re ready to celebrate and looking forward to an impressive fireworks display on July 4th. However, it’s best to leave the show to the professionals. Fireworks sent nearly 13,000 people to the hospital in 2017, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The majority of these injuries occurred in the month surrounding Independence Day. This isn’t the only time firework injuries occur. Labor Day, New Year’s Eve and Memorial Day are other common times too.

Fireworks Injuries by the Numbers

Of firework-related injuries reported, about half are burns. Most injuries involve the hands, eyes and head. Nearly 50% of all fireworks victims are adults, but about 25% are under 15 years old. Sparklers are the primary source of injury in children under age five. You may think they’re relatively safe, but they burn at very high temperatures — around 2,000 degrees.

Keep in mind that when it comes to fireworks, no one is safe. While you’re more likely to get injured if you’re the one lighting the fireworks, nearly 40% of fireworks injuries happen to bystanders.

So other than staying away from fireworks completely, how can you make it less likely you’ll be injured? Stay safer this summer by following these fireworks safety tips.

10 Fireworks Safety Tips

Suffering from a Firework Injury?

Schedule an appointment your primary care doctor to evaluate your injuries.

  1. Do keep a bucket of water, hose or fire extinguisher nearby when lighting fireworks.
  2. Don’t pick up fireworks that fail to go off or try to relight them.
  3. Don’t light fireworks, including sparklers, near anything flammable, such as dry leaves or grass, gasoline, etc.
  4. Don’t light more than one firework at a time.
  5. Do move away quickly after lighting fireworks.
  6. Don’t point fireworks towards any person.
  7. Don’t light fireworks in a container or indoors.
  8. Don’t let young children play with any type of fireworks, including sparklers.
  9. Do require adult supervision when older children use fireworks.
  10. Don’t use fireworks while using alcohol or drugs.

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