The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with fireworks. But, as the days approach, it’s important to be aware of the potential danger involved with lighting fireworks at home. According to a 2019 report conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fireworks were involved with an estimated 10,000 injuries treated in U.S hospitals and 12 deaths.
If you decide to light fireworks at home, follow these tips to ensure your safety:
- Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that are fire-resistant and dry.
- Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby in case of a fire.
- Never take fireworks apart of modify them in any way.
- Avoid buying fireworks in brown paper packages.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing that can ignite.
- Do not try to reignite burnout or “dud” fireworks. Soak them in water and immediately throw them away.
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks and be sure to have an adult present at all times.
- Don’t point fireworks or sparklers at yourself or others, especially while they’re lit.