As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day it is important to keep a few safety precautions in mind, particularly related to fireworks. Hands and fingers tend to be the body parts most commonly injured in fireworks accidents, which can result in surgery and/or amputation and require extensive rehabilitation.
The following safety tips will help you avoid injury:
- Light fireworks one at a time.
- Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
- Never place any part of your body directly over the firework when lighting.
- Do not attempt to pick up or re-ignite a “dud” firework.
- Use fireworks on a hard surface in a clear, open, outdoor area.
- Keep water readily accessible.
- When finished burning, douse fireworks with water before discarding in trash can.
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Sparklers are another July 4th favorite, especially among children, and require some specific precautions of their own:
- Hold/light only one sparkler at a time.
- Remain standing, but do not run or walk while holding a sparkler.
- Do not hold a child while using a sparkler.
- Once a sparkler is done burning, place in a bucket of water to cool down.
Enjoy a happy and SAFE holiday!