Happy Fourth of July everyone! It is time to celebrate our freedom with family, friends and fireworks! No matter what your plans are for the holiday weekend, we here at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors want you to stay safe, and that means practicing fireworks safety.
On an average day in the month of July, 200 people are brought to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries. These injuries range from minor to severe and can cause serious damage to your eyes, hands, face, ears, arms and trunk.
Fireworks Safety Tips
The best way to prevent fireworks related injuries is to follow these safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Do NOT allow young children to light or play with fireworks.
- Always make sure to have a responsible adult present when setting off fireworks.
- Keep children and animals a safe distance away from any active fireworks, and make sure when you light it you are not holding any body parts over the fuse.
- If the firework is a ‘dud,’ do not try to relight it. Instead, give it 20 minutes and then soak the dud in a bucket of water.
- Do not point fireworks at another person.
- Do not set off multiple fireworks at one time.
- Keep a bucket of water or hose on hand to extinguish fireworks once they are spent.
- Follow all local laws and regulations regarding fireworks use.
- Do not buy fireworks packaged in brown paper – this is a sign they were intended for professional use only, which means danger to the untrained consumer.
Sparklers can burn at temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals! Think about that before handing one out to your young child.
Have a fun, safe Fourth of July!
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