Updated: Jul 3, 2019
Whether you’re a parent considering some sparklers for the kids or a dedicated enthusiast who enjoys backyard fireworks every Fourth of July, it’s time for a reminder about how to stay safe when using fireworks.
Before heading into this week’s Independence Day festivities, please take a moment to review these helpful guidelines from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC):
Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
According to the CPSC, “On average, 280 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.” Be sure you and your family members aren’t among them! Stay safe and follow best practices when using fireworks this and every Fourth of July.