The Fourth of July is right around the corner, which means, you’re probably looking forward to spending the holiday with family and friends, grilling out and watching a glorious firework display. Although you cannot purchase or use fireworks legally in some states, it is allowed in others. If you plan on using fireworks in a state where it is legal, then you should be sure to follow these fireworks safety tips to avoid injuring yourself or anyone nearby:
- Only purchase legal fireworks – Fireworks not labeled are typically illegal. Illegal fireworks are dangerous to use and may not fire off properly, potentially resulting in a serious injury.
- Store your fireworks properly – Store your fireworks in a dry, cool place.
- Make sure the area is clear before using fireworks – Always make sure the space where you light them is completely clear. Fireworks can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
- Don’t let children play with fireworks – Never let any kids play with fireworks and make sure they are nowhere near you when you light them. Keep an eye on all kids in the area at all times and make sure they don’t pick up any used fireworks – they could still be ignited, which means they could go off at anytime.
- Soak used fireworks – To ensure they won’t go off again, soak used fireworks in a bucket of water before you throw them away.
- Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket – The friction from your clothing could accidentally light the fireworks in your pocket.
- Don’t hold any fireworks you are lighting – You could seriously injure your hand or arm by doing this.
- Point fireworks in a safe direction when lighting – Keep fireworks pointed away from flammable substances, trees, bushes and property. According to the National Fire Protection Association, over 50,000 fires are caused every year by fireworks.
- Never attempt to re-light a dud – If your fireworks didn’t go off the first time, don’t try to light it again – it could end up exploding before taking off.
- Keep your pets indoors – Pets have extremely sensitive ears. If you are lighting fireworks in their vicinity, they may run off. There’s also the chance they may run after and try to grab a lit firework, which could cause them serious injury.
- Don’t touch or wash out an eye injury – If an unfortunate firework accident occurs and someone injures their eye, make sure they don’t touch their eye injury and avoid washing it out. Instead, seek medical attention right away.
The use of fireworks during the Fourth of July is a time-honored tradition. However, you need to make sure safety is your number one priority if you plan on using fireworks. If you have been injured in a firework-related accident, contact us at GGRM today.