Independence Day is a day of celebration, but it can quickly take a turn for the worse if you don't take the necessary precautions when using fireworks.
According to Prevent Blindness America, nearly 13,000 people are hospitalized due to firework-related injuries each year, and 40 percent of those firework mishaps injure bystanders.
To keep your Fourth of July injury-free, follow these safety tips:
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks without supervision.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire.
- Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Instead, douse and soak them with water, and discard them safely.
- Be cautious of lighting fireworks during windy conditions. Fireworks should only be lit when the prevailing wind is blowing away from spectators.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper, because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays, which could be a danger to consumers.
- Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, which are hot enough to melt some metals! Always supervise children when they are using sparklers.