By Carter Hall, CSFD Public Information Officer
Most of us build our traditional Independence Day celebrations around family and friends, not to mention plenty of bright and colorful fireworks. Unfortunately, fireworks can also cause injuries and damage property, even when properly used.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a professional fireworks display such as the “I Love America” celebration Thursday night at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Can you guess what types of fireworks cause the most injuries? It’s not bottle rockets, roman candles or small firecrackers — it’s those innocent-looking sparklers. They produce about a third of all fireworks-related injuries.
Sparklers burn at about 1,200 degrees, which makes glow sticks a much safer alternative for young children.
As you prepare for your Fourth of July celebration, here are some other things to keep in mind:
- It’s illegal to discharge fireworks in the city limits.
- When using fireworks, always read the labels first and wear safety glasses.
- Never give fireworks to children. An adult should supervise fireworks activities.
- Light one firework at a time, then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never re-light a dud. Wait 20 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and a water hose nearby.
- Never shoot fireworks near pets. Make sure your pets – especially those sensitive to loud noises – are where they feel safe and comfortable.
- Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix.
If you’re planning a cookout, be sure to practice safe grilling practices, too:
Have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!
About the Blogger
Carter Hall has been a College Station firefighter since 2011. He earned a degree in leadership development from Texas A&M in 2005.
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Independence Day celebrations are built on traditions involving family, friends, parties — and fireworks. The College Station and Bryan Fire Departments encourage you to observe fireworks safety in Fourth of July activities.
Typically, more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day, and fireworks account for more than half of those blazes. In 2011, an estimated 17,800 reported fires were started by fireworks, resulting in scores of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage.
From 2007-2011, 91 percent of the fires associated with fireworks occurred outside structures or vehicles. The largest number involved grass fires, brush fires, dumpster fires, and other trash, rubbish or waste fires.
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