Every year, thousands of people will celebrate special events such as the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve. During the festivities, there’s a good chance that fireworks will be used. Fireworks are beautiful and loud, but they are also very dangerous when handled improperly.
It’s important to understand that fireworks are explosives that just happen to have a pretty light show with them. Many individuals disregard firework safety and end up with significant or fatal injuries. In 2017, there were more than 12,900 firework-related injuries and 8 firework-related deaths. It is critical that anyone who uses fireworks understands the risks involved and follows these Do’s and Don’ts of Firework Safety.
- Make sure that a sober adult is supervising all firework activities; even sparklers.
- Make sure that you have a water hose or water bucket available while using fireworks of any kind.
- Make sure that you read and are prepared to follow all instructions before using any fireworks.
- Wear safety equipment such as glasses and non-flammable clothing when possible.
- Do not consume any alcoholic beverages while using fireworks.
- Do not point fireworks at anyone, at any time, for any reason.
- Do not use containers that could explode such as metal or glass as they could send deadly fragments in multiple directions without warning.
- Do not relight fireworks that fail to work properly on the first try .
- Do not take fireworks apart and create your own fireworks.
- Do not bring your pets outside while using fireworks.
- Do not use fireworks if your local laws do not allow them.
It is extremely important to remember that the use of fireworks by any underage individuals should be closely monitored by a responsible, sober adult. Some fireworks are illegal for use by minors. Also, before purchasing fireworks of any kind, you should check with your local law enforcement agency to make sure that they allow that type of fireworks in your area.
The big firework shows that you see each year are handled by professional firework technicians who are highly trained and have years of safety training and experience. These professionals do not treat fireworks as toys, but instead, they see them as dangerous explosives.
We want you to understand the dangers of fireworks, and that even in the best situation, serious and/or fatal injuries can occur if you aren’t careful. Remember, fireworks are explosives. So, while you are enjoying your fireworks, do everything you can to be as safe as possible. We don’t want you to become part of the annual 12,900 firework-related injuries or the 8 firework-related deaths.
If you choose to use fireworks, remember that there is a risk every time that you light a fuse. Don’t let your guard down at any point, because accidents will happen if you don’t take firework safety seriously.