This 4th of July, we want to make sure that everyone is staying safe when they are using fireworks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says, “Fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2014.” So this year, follow the below firework safety tips to keep you, your family, and your friends safe!
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks – McKinney Law
- Read the cautionary label and performance descriptions before lighting off any fireworks.
- Wear safety goggles while shooting off fireworks
- Light one firework at a time, then, quickly move away.
- NEVERre-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. Wait 20 minutes and then soak in a bucket of water.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the firework with plenty of water before discarding to prevent a trash fire.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in a metal or glass container.
- Use fireworks outdoors and in an open, clear area, away from buildings and vehicles.
If there is an injury or mishap this 4th of July call 911 immediately and ask for the appropriate response team. For more firework safety tips, check out the National Council on Fireworks Safety.