The Fourth of July is a wonderful time of
celebration for our country. It is safest to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks at
public displays conducted by professionals. However, many public offerings this
year are cancelled due to COVID-19. Therefore, more people will be celebrating
with fireworks at home, which increases the risk for injury and fires.
If you plan to use fireworks at home this year, please keep these important safety tips in mind:
- Sparklers are very dangerous! They can cause serious burns, reaching average temperatures around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Sparklers are easily dropped on bare feet and ignite clothing quickly. Try safer alternatives like glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.
- Fireworks should not be handled by young children and should be handled by older children only under adult supervision.
- Only use fireworks at a safe distance from people, houses and flammable materials.
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
- Never ignite devices in a container or hold ignited fireworks in your hands.
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire.
- Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding.
Please check out these tips and more information about fireworks safety and statistics from the National Safety Council. Also check out the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Fireworks Information Center for further fireworks safety and injury statistics, including official annual reports.