Fireworks safety tips
Fourth of July celebrations will be happening soon. While it is a special holiday with fireworks, it can also be a dangerous time for serious burns and eye injuries. Approximately 230 people will visit the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday, reports Extension Educator Carol Schwarz. To prevent firework injuries follow these safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and National Council on Fireworks Safety.
—Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
—Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
—Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Young children can suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
—Never place any part of the body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
—Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.