How Are Firework Safety and Home Safety Related?

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Safe practices with fireworks occurs before they are generally actually made available: It starts with the manufactures, which are required to follow tight requirements and also quality control when making their items. This doesn’t mean each and every firework is sure to be a safe product. Flaws can happen with fireworks, just as they can with any other product we use, and most of the time it’s because the fireworks are not properly handled. That’s the reason for all of the warning labels you see on fireworks.

Thousands of people are taken to hospital emergency rooms in the United States every year because of injuries from fireworks — including bottle rockets, sparklers, and firecrackers.

The most common fireworks injuries involve the hands, fingers, eyes, head, and face. Some of these injuries are severe, resulting in permanent health problems such as missing fingers and limbs and vision loss.

So what can you do to take pleasure in the Fourth of July and still stay safe? Attending public fireworks displays is the better approach. Not only are these displays bigger and brighter (the federal government bans the sale of the largest fireworks to the public), but many states have laws that don't allow individuals to buy or use fireworks. Before using fireworks, understand what the laws are in your area.

If you live in a state that allows fireworks and you're planning a do-it-yourself celebration, follow these safety tips to protect yourself and the people watching:
• Buy ready-made fireworks rather than making your own, even from a kit.
• Make sure an adult is present at all times.
• Don't allow little kids to operate fireworks, even sparklers.
• Buy only legal fireworks that have a label with instructions for proper use. If your fireworks don't have an instruction label, they're probably illegal to use.
• Choose fireworks that are appropriate for the area you'll be using them in. For example, avoid using rockets or other aerial fireworks in the backyard or a busy street. Choose fountain-type fireworks instead.
• Follow all the directions on the label closely.
• Always use fireworks outside with a bucket of water or hose nearby. Keep fireworks away from dry leaves and other materials that can easily catch on fire.
• Light one firework at a time. Keep the firework you're lighting well away from unlit fireworks.
• Point fireworks away from people. If you're lighting a firework, wear eye protection and don't lean over the firework.
• If a firework doesn't seem to function, don't go over to it or attempt to relight it. Stand back for a while. If you can reach it with a hose or bucket without getting too close, douse it with water.
• Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them away.
• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
• If someone gets an eye injury from fireworks, don't rub the eye or attempt to wash it out. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. It could make the difference between saving a person's sight and permanent blindness.

The Fourth of July is normally an enjoyable holiday for everybody. It’s the kickoff to the the summer season, an awesome beach or pool day, and you can practically find a barbeque wherever you decide to go! Let’s not forget the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest down at Coney Island. I mean, what’s the Fourth of July without hot dogs?

Most people do enjoy fireworks. I can tell you that I do! I recall when I was younger going to my uncle’s house every Fourth of July for a barbeque, and later on he would put on his own display. He was always safe about it. I don’t remember anyone ever getting injured. Now that I have kids, the day is usually spent at the beach or pool, and we spend the night watching a local professional display. Nothing against d-i-y displays, but it’s just my way of enjoying a beautiful firework display while at the same time keeping my little ones safe.

Whatever you decide to do and however you spend your Fourth of July, just remember to use you’re common-sense and BE SAFE!!

How do you spend your Fourth of July? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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