Fireworks on the Fourth of July are as American as apple-pie, but did you know that two out of five fires reported that day are started by fireworks more than any other cause? The good news is you can enjoy your holiday and the fireworks by following a few simple safety tips:
- Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
- Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting fireworks.
- Always supervise children around firework display and do not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
- Wear safety glasses and have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
- Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department.
- Leave the fireworks to the professionals by attending a public fireworks display.
Did you know?
- Every Fourth of July, thousands of people are injured while using consumer fireworks.
- The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5–19 and adults 25–44.
- Nearly 90% of emergency room fireworks injuries involve fireworks consumers are permitted to use.
- The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to cause third-degree burns