So many of us like to add a bit of sparkle and bang to our summer celebrations by setting off fireworks.
Before you light them up take a minute to remember these three fireworks facts.
- The tip of your average sparkler burns at 1,200° F, hot enough to melt glass and char flesh.
- Most at risk of fireworks injuries are kids ages 5 to 14.
- Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s safe—more than 80% of patients sent to ERs with fireworks injuries got hurt using the fireworks the law allows them to use.
To keep your star-spangled celebrations safe here are some tips:
- Use fireworks outdoors only.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are illegal where you live, don’t use them.
- Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
- Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter or combine them.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
- Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
- Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
- Never use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you!
- Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.