Keep your Fourth fun and safe.
Fireworks are often associated with food, parties and a lot of fun. However, for the 11,000 people sent to the emergency room from fireworks each year, it’s a much different experience. While fireworks can be a lot of fun, they should be handled with caution. Use these fireworks safety tips to enjoy your light show with ease.
Fireworks Safety Tip #1: Read Labels
Just because you’ve used fireworks in the past, doesn’t make you an expert. Because all fireworks are different, reading labels is important to make sure you are setting fireworks off correctly. It can often be surprising how different sets of fireworks can be. Therefore taking extra caution is always recommended.
Fireworks Safety Tip #2: Keep Water Nearby
If a firework doesn’t work, soak it in a bucket of water. Fireworks should never be re-lit. Knowing the dud fireworks are in a bucket of water will prevent anyone at the party from trying to do so.
Fireworks Safety Tip #3: Help Children
While kids are often enticed by the bright lights, you should never let them operate fireworks on their own. Always have an adult take the lead. This is also a great opportunity to teach children safety tips, as they watch the supervising adult.
Fireworks Safety Tip #4: Avoid Alcohol
Simply put — alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. If you want to imbibe, choose someone else from your group to operate the fireworks. A little common sense here goes a long way.
Putting safety first ensures fireworks will be a fun and safe experience, as intended. To keep safe during the rest of summer, read our full list of summer safety tips. If you have any questions or comments, let us know in the comments.
From all of us at Mercy Health, we wish you and your family a very happy Fourth of July and a great rest of the summer!
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