Stay safe this 4th of July!
My state’s Fire Marshall recently reported a record number of fireworks-related injuries and fires in 2017.
As a nurse I’ve seen what both legal and illegal fireworks can do to hands and faces. It’s not pretty.
It’s especially tragic when small children are burned or disfigured.
The American Academy of Pediatrics makes this statement on their website:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to urge families NOT to buy fireworks for their own or their children’s use, as thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured each year while using consumer fireworks.
I agree with the AAP, but I know many families will buy and use
explosives fireworks regardless. Please be safe! Here are some fireworks safety tips and resources:
- Find out if fireworks are even legal in your city or community. Please don’t break the law!
- Only buy legal fireworks. Unfortunately, even legal fireworks are risky and don’t stop people from doing stupid things.
- Don’t make your own fireworks.
- Use fireworks outside. Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby. A fire extinguisher would be a good idea, too, if you have one handy.
- Only light one firework at a time; always point them away from yourself, others and your homes.
- Don’t let small children use fireworks. Sparklers seem harmless but can get very hot and cause burns to tiny fingers.
- Supervise older children, and take care to keep sparks away from skin, hair and clothing.
- Put used fireworks into a bucket of water or sand.
More fireworks safety resources
- Fireworks Safety Tips: Burn Unit, Nebraska Medical
Consider having these safety products on hand this 4th of July
This post has been updated since its original publication in 2017.