Thursday, July 3, 2014

Have a Safe 4th of July

The Fourth of July weekend is coming up! This means baseball, parades, and lots of fireworks! In the midst of fun and games, it is important to also be safe. A basic sparkler can easily reach 2,000 degrees--hot enough to melt some metals.

In the month surrounding the 4th of July, an average of 240 people go to the emergency room EVERY DAY with firework-related injuries. 22% of those injuries were to the face or ears.


  • Never use fireworks in brown paper packages. This is often a sign that the firework was made for professional displays and not consumer use. 
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket. 
  • Never stand directly over fireworks when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. 
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. 
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person. 
  • Never allow young children to play with or light fireworks. 
  • Never shoot them off in metal or glass containers. 

  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. 
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. 
  • Always light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly. 
  • Always douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire. 
  • Always make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. 
Have a safe, patriotic weekend! For more information on fireworks safety, visit

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