As our nation continues to follow the tradition of celebrating the 4th of July with huge street celebration and fireworks, accidental burns and fires caused by fireworks continue to grow, as well. Of course, we want you to have fun, but please keep safety in mind. Fireworks are extremely dangerous and can cause severe damage, burns and even death. With a report from CPSC, fireworks were involved in an estimated 12,900 injuries, with children younger than 15 years old accounting for 36% of the estimated injuries.
We urge you to follow the critical safety protocol while using fireworks and not allow children to touch the fireworks. The alarming statistic of fireworks-related injuries is growing each year and we feel the urge to educate our nation on firework safety.
1. Never allow children to ignite the fireworks.
2. Do not let children carry sparklers. The average burning temperature for sparklers is about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and it will easily melt skin.
3. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
4. Never point or throw fireworks at another person or occupied area.
5. Always light one firework device at the time and move away quickly.
6. Prepare fire extinguisher, water hose or bucket of water in case of fire or emergency.
7. Never try to relight malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
8. Always pour water on all used fireworks before picking them up.
9. Always carefully secure the fireworks in the ground and prevent any movement.
10. Never carry fireworks in your pockets or try shooting them from your hands.
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