Thousands of Americans visit the emergency room each year with fireworks-related injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), over 7,000 injuries were treated in ERs across the country in 2019 just for the month surrounding July Fourth.
Keep your family safe by following these guidelines from the CPSC when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- 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 fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog for additional firework safety tips and steps to take to treat minor burns.
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