Boom! Crack! Pow! Chances are, you’re already hearing these noises from your neighbor as everyone gears up for the Fourth of July celebrations. But, while these colorful displays are great for showing off your patriotic spirit, they were responsible for 11,400 injuries in 2013 and 8 deaths. If you do decide to take part in this particular festivity, follow these safety tips:
- Don’t hold Roman Candles. Missing fingers, burns and other injuries are just a few of the things that can occur. Use a holder to set these fireworks off.
- Don’t allow small children to handle fireworks, and older children should only do so under adult supervision.
- Always wear protective eyewear when setting off fireworks.
- Never light fireworks inside of a building. This should go without saying, as fireworks are the cause of many home fires this time of year.
- If you’re in a drought, don’t set off fireworks at all. You will risk setting the brush, grass or trees on fire. The best time to set off fireworks is right after a good, hard rain.
- Don’t point fireworks at other people, and don’t light a bottle rocket and throw it at someone. It’s most common to see teenagers do this sort of thing, but even some adults have been known to engage in “fireworks wars.”
- Keep water close at hand in case a small fire does occur. Whether it’s a bucket, a hose or even a powerful squirt gun, make sure it’s nearby.
- If it’s a dud, don’t pick it up or try to light it again. Instead, spray it down with water before discarding.
- Douse all used fireworks in water before discarding, and never throw away unused fireworks before soaking them.
- When you light a firework, make sure you back up a safe distance before it goes off.
Remember, the best thing to do is to leave fireworks displays to the professionals. But, if you do experience an injury as a result of fireworks, Williams Brothers Health Care Pharmacy can help. We carry wound care products in our online catalog that can help speed along your recovery.