We all enjoy the 4th of July because most of us plan cookouts with family and friends. We like to end our night typically by either watching a fireworks show somewhere, or setting off our own fireworks because somehow fireworks have become synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day.
However, the thrill of fireworks can also lead to serious injuries. Here are some important safety tips to consider when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Avoid purchasing fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could potentially pose serious danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
Parents must keep in mind that young children suffer injuries from sparklers because they can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. (These are temperatures hot enough to melt some metals.)
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device while attempting to ignite the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting the firework.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited upon your first attempt.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning period, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it in order to prevent a trash fire.
- Make certain that the types fireworks you would like to set off are legal in the City of Cleveland prior to making your purchase.