If you haven’t bought any fireworks yet, don’t.
Fireworks are too dangerous to be handled by the average person – like you and me.
Enjoy fireworks – but go to a show run by professionals, who respect the danger posed by gunpowder and sparks.
Here are some sobering statistics from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission:
- Four people died in fireworks-related incidents last year.
- About 200 people a day go to the emergency room from fireworks injuries during the July 4th holiday.
- About 46 percent of the injuries were to the hands and fingers, 17 percent to the head and face, and 17 percent to the eyes.
“Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day,” the federal agency says. “Yet the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain and even death.”
If you insist on handling fireworks yourself – again, a bad idea – here are some safeguards from the commission.
- Never let children play with or ignite fireworks.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that haven’t ignited.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a mishap
- For more safety tips, visit www.cpsc.gov/info/fireworks/
No matter where you live, you can find a fireworks show nearby. Take your kids. Enjoy the beautiful displays and celebrate our country’s freedom.
Don’t risk your enjoyment of the holiday – and someone’s life – by handling fireworks yourself. You’re not qualified.