By Stuart Marrs, CSFD Public Information Officer
Most of us build our traditional Independence Day celebrations around food, family, and friends, not to mention plenty of bright and colorful fireworks. Unfortunately, fireworks can also cause injuries and damage property.
Can you guess what types of fireworks cause the most injuries? It’s not bottle rockets, roman candles, or even the aerial firecrackers — it’s those innocent-looking sparklers. They produce about a third of all fireworks-related injuries and about half to kids under five years old.
Sparklers burn at about 1,200 degrees – that’s six times hotter than boiling water. Glow sticks, confetti poppers, silly string, and bubbles are safer alternatives for young children.
As you prepare for your Fourth of July celebration, here are 10 essential things to keep in mind:
1. It’s illegal to discharge fireworks in the city limits.
2. Alcohol, drugs, and fireworks don’t mix.
3. When using fireworks, read the labels first and wear safety glasses.
4. Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
5. Even older children should use fireworks only with adult supervision.
6. Light one firework at a time, then quickly move away.
7. Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles.
8. Always have a bucket of water and a water hose nearby.
9. Never re-light a dud. Wait 20 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water.
10. Never shoot fireworks near pets. Ensure your pets – especially those sensitive to loud noises – are where they feel safe and comfortable.
Don’t let an accident ruin your Independence Day. Celebrate safely!
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