Fireworks Safety

 

Be Safe this 4th of July

Every day our 300+ Safety professionals help thousands of customers nationwide stay safe on the job.  With the July 4th holiday coming up, along with the fireworks, barbecues, and celebrations, we’re reminding everyone how to prioritize safety when using fireworks to ensure a fun and accident-free holiday.

Did you Know Fireworks cause over 19,500 fires annually, resulting in an average of $105 million in direct property damage?

And approximately 10,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries each year, with children under 15 making up a significant portion of these injuries.

 

Helpful Safety Tips

Ideally, it’s best to leave the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.  But when you or others light them off, it’s best to follow these safety guidelines.

  1. Know the Law: Fireworks laws vary by state and locality. Check your local regulations before purchasing or using fireworks.
  2. Buy Smart: Purchase fireworks only from licensed retailers. Avoid illegal fireworks, which can be more dangerous.
  3. Supervise Children: Never allow young children to handle fireworks. Sparklers, which can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, should also be handled with care.
  4. Prepare for Emergencies: Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose ready in case of fire or other mishaps.
  5. Create a Safe Zone: Use fireworks in a clear, open area away from buildings, vehicles, and flammable materials. Ensure everyone stands at a safe distance.
  6. Follow Instructions: Read and follow all instructions on fireworks packaging. Light one firework at a time and never try to relight a dud.
  7. Proper Disposal: After the fireworks have burned out, soak them in water before disposing of them in a metal trash can to prevent fires.
  8. Keep a first aid kit and even a trauma kit on hand to be prepared for any emergency.

By following these safety tips and being mindful of local laws, you can enjoy a dazzling and safe 4th of July. Remember, the best celebrations are the ones where everyone stays safe and has fun. Enjoy the festivities responsibly!

 

 

Sources: National Safety Council, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Fire Protection Association