Getting ready to celebrate the 4th? Review these fireworks safety tips and make sure to stay safe around fireworks!
The number of firework-related injuries treated in emergency rooms in the United States has ranged from 8,500 to 9,800 since 1997; in 2011, 26% of patients were younger than age 15.
Because fireworks can malfunction, many patients are injured when fireworks explode prematurely. To avoid this, and other injuries, hand surgeons encourage individuals to attend public fireworks displays rather than setting off fireworks near or around the home. Public displays are monitored by local fire departments to ensure safety.
The following precautions should be taken when attending a public fireworks display:
- Obey safety barriers and ushers.
- Stay back a minimum of 500 feet from the launching site.
- Resist the temptation to pick up firework debris when the display is over. The debris may still be hot, or in some cases, the debris might be “live” and could still explode.
- Ensure all children have adult supervision.
- Obey safety barriers around a fireworks show and stay 500 feet from the launch site.
- Supervise teens when using fireworks.
- Wear eye protection when using fireworks.
- Read the labels and instructions before using fireworks at home.
- Remain standing when using sparklers.
- Soak used fireworks in water before throwing in a trash bag.
- Do not use fireworks indoors.
- Do not try to relight a “dud” firework.
- Do not touch fireworks debris. It may still be hot.
Article courtesy of The Hand Care Society.