The number of Americans planning to use backyard fireworks this holiday weekend is expected to hit an all-time high. The fireworks industry has made great progress in improving firework quality and reducing injuries; however, there is still work to be done as the vast majority of fireworks-related injuries in the U.S. each year result from the misuse of fireworks.
There has been a recent increase in injuries amongst younger people trying to get a laugh from their friends and followers via social media. Parents need to help stop kids from using fireworks in viral videos by encouraging safety and explaining that the improper use of fireworks can produce serious injury or even death.
A few basic rules regarding firework safety:
1. Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
2. Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
3. A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
4. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
5. Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
6. Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
7. Do not hold a fireworks item in your hand.
8. Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
9. Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water before you discard it.
*Keep in mind that most areas have experienced below average rainfall this spring/early summer. The ground is dry!
Our Goal: Everyone Goes Home Safe…Every Day!