by C. Markus on June 13th, 2012 at 8:50 am
Each year, Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with food, family, friends, and of course, fireworks. This holiday can leave many lifelong memories. However, with all the fun and celebration come some very serious dangers.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), in 2010 alone, an estimated 8,600 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries.1 USFA also says that 73% of these injuries occurred between June 18 and July 18. The federal agency adds that children aged 15 years and under accounted for over 40 percent of injuries. This shows the need for constant adult supervision.
These statistics also mean that there is a need for increased safety and awareness. Most of these injuries could have easily been prevented if more care had been taken.
The easiest way to prevent these injuries is to avoid at-home fireworks altogether and leave the fireworks up to professional pyrotechnicians.
If you really want to put on your own fireworks show, follow these Fourth of July safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:2
- Do not allow children to handle or light any fireworks.
- Always have adult supervision.
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Never throw fireworks at or towards another person.
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Keep water or a hose close by in case a fire starts.
- Light fireworks one at a time, and make sure to move away to a safe distance.
- Only use legal fireworks.
- After fireworks have gone out, douse them with water, as this will help prevent trash fires.
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