Fourth of July can bring fun times, sunshine and lasting memories. But before you celebrate with your family, make sure everyone is aware of firework safety. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on average 200 people will go to the emergency room for firework-related injuries in the month around Independence Day.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these safety tips for using consumer fireworks in the hopes that injuries to consumers can be greatly reduced this season:
- Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting
- Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can
- Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
Special tips if you are using sparklers:
- Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers.
- Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
- Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.
Still need more tips? Click here to get the full list from The National Council on Fireworks Safety. We would love to hear from you! Share your own tips for firework safety in the comment section below, post them to our Facebook or tweet them to us at @HealthyKids2Day.