Fireworks Are Fun, Until They’re Not

June 30, 2017

It is that time of the year! Every year we celebrate the 4th of July with festivals, food, family, and fireworks. Fireworks are a patriotic display and a fun source of entertainment for adults and children of all ages.  That’s why we like them so much, right? It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Too many people make a trip to the ER on holidays like Independence Day because of firework injuries. We want to keep you, and your hands, safe.  So we have found some tips and rules from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2016) to do our part in keeping you from a trip to the ER.

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. If older children are playing with fireworks, always have adult supervision.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could be dangerous. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • 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.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse it with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Some of us may even attend a public fireworks display this 4th of July holiday.  Here’s what you should know to stay safe and avoid injuries from fireworks:

  • Obey safety barriers and ushers.
  • Stay a minimum of 500 feet from the launching site.
  • Resist the temptation to pick up firework debris when the display is over. The debris may still be hot. In some cases, the debris might be “live” and could still explode.

We wish everyone a safe and fun 4th of July celebration!

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