July 4th: Independence Day Fireworks Safety Guide

flag-fireworksMore than 50,000 fires each year are caused by fireworks. In addition, thousands of individuals are burned by them each year as July 4th is celebrated to which a small percentage results in fatalities. Even low-key sparklers can cause severe burns as they reach temperatures up to 1800 degrees in fahrenheit. As this time of year approaches fireworks safety should be made priority. Although associated with cook outs, camping, being on the water, and basking in the glorious fireworks shows around the globe- burn accidents, fires, explosions, and injuries are highest at this monumental time of summer.

We are only days from celebrating Independence Day, and as July 4th falls upon us New Health Alert would like to stress the importance of fireworks safety by bringing you the ultimate guide to fireworks safety. This is to make sure that while you enjoy reveling in the celebration that you and your family remain safe from harm or disaster that is famously associated with the use of fireworks.

  • Keep Children away from fireworks. Sparklers, rockets, and firecrackers pose hazards and can be very dangerous. if you do want to entertain the kids make sure that children hold the sparklers away from their bodies, clothing, face, hair, and skin. Do not allow children to light their own fireworks as well.
  • Make sure you stay within legal limits when using fireworks. if they are prohibited by law avoid them at all costs and that also means that you should not purchase illegal fireworks.
  • Store your fireworks where it is dry and cool to avoid fires or accidentally igniting them.
  • Keep  a bucket, hose, fire extinguisher, or gallon of water nearby when playing with fireworks.
  • Give yourself room when lighting fireworks make sure you hold them away from you, and make sure everyone is clear from the area in which you are lighting them off at.
  • Protect your eyes from them and also make sure that you keep them away from flammable objects.
  • Do not reuse fireworks or try to light a firework dud.
  • Let the fireworks cool before picking them up off the ground, also make sure you soak them in water before disposing of them.
  • Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.

Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you’ll enjoy them much more knowing your family is safe. Take extra precautions this Fourth of July and your holiday will be a blast!

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Written by Heidi Shepard

Heidi was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. At a very young age she discovered her passion for writing, and graduated in 1996 from Florida State University with a major in journalism and minor in Nursing. She is a licensed RN part-time and also works full-time writing for various local health journals and papers. She is a definite asset to Newhealthalert. Not only does her experience and passion show through her keen writing, but her expertise in the medical field enables her to capture the best news topics and subjects found in the health niche.

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