Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence
Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. 230 people on average go
the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month
around the July 4th holiday.
Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and
eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths.
How? By working with a national, state or local organization where you live to
promote fireworks safety in your community.
Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:
- 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. Parents
don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers
burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks
device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device
with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or