It’s Fourth of July! That means the sky will light up with countless fireworks tonight. It’s a beautiful scene, but just remember to be safe. Fireworks can be dangerous and even deadly if you do not use them properly.
Firework Safety for The Fourth of July
Firework safety errors happen every year. According to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) In 2017, over 8,000 people were treated for firework-related injuries that occurred during the weeks leading up to The Fourth of July. The association also reports that most of these injuries were from illegal or homemade firework devices. However, of those injuries, 1,200 were caused by legal fireworks.
If you’re around fireworks, stay alert. They can cause bodily injury or damage to your home or property. According to the NFPA, an average of over 18,000 fires start each year from fireworks. So, when you’re lighting those sparklers and firecrackers to celebrate the 4th, remember to be aware of your surroundings and protect yourself and others around you.
Fireworks are a staple memory for children to remember. However, it is important to keep children away from handling them. Most adults let their kids play with sparklers, but even lower-grade fireworks can be dangerous. Children can suffer from burns if the sparkler accidentally makes contact with their skin. Some may even need medical attention – depending on the degree of the burn. So, if your kids will be lighting up those sparklers, be sure to supervise.
It’s also important to note that if you are having alcohol this Fourth of July, do not handle the fireworks while intoxicated. This can increase your likelihood of mishandling them and lead to someone getting hurt. If you are going to see a professional firework show in the area, be mindful of your surroundings, but also have fun!
What if You are Hurt by a Firework?
If you are injured by a firework, seek medical assistance immediately. Burns are the most common type of injury. If you have a first or second-degree burn, you should run the area under cold water and cover it in sterile dressing. If the you have a third-degree burn, call 9-1-1 immediately. Also, follow the same first aid tips for first and second degree burns while waiting for emergency medical assistance to arrive.
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