Fireworks Safety Tips
Approximately 2,500 children nationally are treated in the emergency room for firework-related injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth of July. More than half of injuries from fireworks are burns and most are to hands and fingers, the head, legs and arms.
Keeping children safe is the top priority of the Injury Prevention Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
The Injury Prevention Center encourages families to help prevent avoidable injuries by leaving the fireworks to the professionals. Children should not handle fireworks.
Experts offer the following safety tips for adults who choose to light fireworks:
- Don't put any type of fireworks or flammables near children.
- Read all warning labels and follow the instructions on fireworks' packages.
- Only light fireworks in a cool place and on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves and flammable materials.
- Do not light fireworks if you have been drinking alcohol.
- Sparklers can get as hot as 2,000 degrees. Don't hold sparklers, put them in the ground.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Be sure other people and pets are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Never re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned or look defective.
- Keep a bucket of water handy and soak used fireworks for at least 10 minutes after igniting.
- Wear safety goggles when handling pyrotechnics.
- Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
Learn more safety tips at http://ipc.rhodeislandhospital.org or call the Injury Prevention Center at 401-444-5018.