The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and for many Americans fireworks are an integral part of the celebration. June is Firework Safety Month and the perfect time to brush up in preparation for Independence Day.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospitals treat 200 firework-related injuries daily during the months surrounding the Fourth of July.
Follow these tips to make sure you and your loved ones have a safe and enjoyable holiday:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite any type of firework—even sparklers burn at temperatures around 2,000 degrees.
- Always have an adult supervise the use of fireworks.
- Be sure that any fireworks you purchase are intended for use by the general public. Some fireworks are made strictly for professional use and could cause serious injury or even death.
- Don’t carry fireworks in a pocket, purse or backpack, as a single spark could cause them to ignite.
- Never attempt to re-light or pick up any firework that has not ignited properly—it may still be dangerous.
- Light fireworks one at a time to prevent confusion and accidents.
- Have a bucket of water or garden hose on hand in case of an emergency and to douse fireworks before discarding them.
- Keep unused fireworks away from the lighting area to prevent a spark from accidentally igniting them.
- Many parts of the country prohibit the use of fireworks. Make sure they are legal in your area before buying or using them. If your area is experiencing a drought, fireworks may be temporarily banned.
Whether you’re watching your community’s firework display, or setting them off in your own back yard, put safety first!