Fireworks are a mainstay of celebrating the independence of the United States. However, they are also a main source of hospital visits for the month surrounding the holiday. And right now, a hospital visit is not only a potential health risk, it can also be a major blow to your wallet.
The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) advises the following safety measures:
- Do not allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
- Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting a firework fuse.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Check out the CPSC website for more details. And have a safe 4th of July!