Have Fun and Be Safe This 4th of July
We have 2 days until the 4th of July, which means people all over the country are already gearing up for firework celebrations. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a professional show. But, if you choose to use consumer fireworks it is important that you understand the dangers that they can bring.
There are dangers associated to fireworks no matter what type you are using. NFPA reports the following fire work related injuries by the types of fireworks:
- Sparkler – 28%
- Illegal Firecracker – 16%
- Small Firecracker – 13%
- Reloadable Shell – 13%
- Novelty – 9%
- Public Display – 6%
- Roman Candle – 6%
- Multiple Tube – 3%
- Other Rocket – 3%
- Bottle Rocket – 3%
- Fountain – 1%
Age also plays a factor in injuries. NFPA reports that following for firework related injuries by age:
- 0-4 – 9%
- 5-9 – 15%
- 10-14 – 11%
- 15-19 – 11%
- 20-24 – 10%
- 25-44 – 34%
- 45-64 – 64%
Sparklers are one of the most dangerous types of fireworks. NFPA states that, “sparklers alone accounted for more than one-quarter of the emergency room firework injuries in 2014”. They are often a fan favorite to play with during 4th of July celebrations. But, the fact that they must be held to use often leads to dangerous situations and improper use by the person holding them.
When using fireworks we suggest these safety tips:
- Only light one at a time – More than one sparkler at a time can be too much for little kids to hold and handle. Also, have a group of sparklers together can cause flames to grow to a size that are too out of control to keep isolated on a stick.
- Keep water nearby – It is important to make sure that you have a bucket of water nearby to dispose of your sparklers and other fireworks.
- Wear close toed shoes – Sparklers get their names from the sparks that shoot off of the wand. These sparks can be extremely dangerous because they can fall to the ground and land on the sparkler-wielders feet.
- Closely supervise kids – Kids should not be waving sparklers around in their or other people’s faces. It is important to closely monitor kids who are using sparklers to make sure that they are careful while they are burning and dispose of them properly when they have been extinguished.
We hope that all of you have a fun and safe 4th of July this year! If you would like more information about how to be safe while using fireworks on the 4th of July, check out our blog post from last years 4th of July Fire Hazards.
-The IFS Team