July 4th is a great time to celebrate America’s birthday and spend time with your family all at the same time. One thing that July 4th is known for are the fireworks. Yes they are amazing to see and I too love a good firework show.
However, fireworks can be very dangerous especially in the hands of children. According to the Safe Kids Organization, Fireworks send 3,000 children under the age of 15 to emergency rooms each year in the U.S . In addition, 73% of those injuries occur between June 18 and July 18.
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I started to do a Google search on firework safety and I came up with two great resources for rules on firework safety. One was the National Fire Protection Association and the other was the National Council of Firework Safety. Both of these organizations provide rules to follow regarding fireworks. I provided the rules below but if you have children, I encourage to visit both sites to learn more about these organizations and about firework safety. Even those little sparklers can do great injury. Be safe and Happy 4th of July.
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Firework Safety Rules ( Provided by the National Council of Firework Safety)
- Always read and follow label directions.
- Have an adult present.
- Buy from reliable sellers.
- Use outdoors only.
- Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
- Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
- Light only one firework at a time.
- Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
- Never give fireworks to small children.
- If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
- Stay away from illegal explosives.
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