Firework Safety

Given the glorious 4th of July is tomorrow, we thought that it would be beneficial to share the dangers of fireworks, especially since more fires are reported on July 4th than any other day of the year as per the National Safety Council’s research. Fireworks cause an average of 18,500 reported fires each year (The National Fire Protection Association). Fireworks not only lead to fires but also to injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “In 2017, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 54% of those injuries were to the extremities and 36% were to the head.” We understand how beautiful and fun fireworks can be, but we urge you to enjoy fireworks at a public display conducted by professionals instead of igniting them yourself. If you still choose to host your own firework show, we recommend following the below safety tips.

  1. A responsible adult should supervisor all firework activities. Children should not be allowed to handle fireworks.
  2. Fireworks should never be used while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  3. Protective eyewear is a must.
  4. Fireworks should only be used outdoors in a clear area away from people, buildings, vehicles, and combustible materials.
  5. Fireworks should never be directed towards or thrown at another person.
  6. You should not shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  7. You should only light one firework at a time and remember to back up to a safe distance quickly after doing so.
  8. You should never try to reignite or handle a “dud” firework or one that is malfunctioning.
  9. You should always have a bucket of water, fire extinguisher, and/or water hose nearby in case of emergencies.
  10. Used fireworks should be soaked in water for a few hours before discarded within a metal trash can away from buildings and combustible materials.

 

Source: The National Safety Council, The National Fire Protection Association, The National Council on Fireworks Safety