14 Ways to Safely Use Fireworks

June 28, 2016: The Fourth of July is right around the corner and every year countless Americans celebrate with fireworks. Fireworks are a fun tradition, but before you start buying and using fireworks, consider some of these shocking 2014 statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC):

  • There were 11 firework-related deaths during the 2014 study year
  • During June 20th and July 20th there were 7,000 firework-related injuries (67% of the total injuries for the whole year)
  • Sparklers (considered one of the safest fireworks) resulted in an estimated 1,400 emergency room treated injuries
  • Of the firework injuries reported, 74% occurred with males while 26% occurred with females
  • 50% of firework injures happened to people 20 years old or younger and 35% of firework injuries were to children under the age of 15

While the above statistics may be daunting, there are a number of precautions you can take to help ensure safer usage and enjoyment of fireworks.  Check out the following safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety (NCFS):

  1. Before using any firework, read all labels, instructions and warnings to ensure you use the firework properly and the way they are designed.
  2. Be aware of all local laws, rules and regulations regarding fireworks. Firework regulations vary from state to state and even municipality to municipality so make sure you use fireworks legally.
  3. As the statistics above demonstrate, fireworks are dangerous to young children so make sure a responsible adult supervises all firework activity.
  4. The face and hands are the most common areas injured by fireworks. Wearing gloves and safety googles are a good practice to protect from firework injuries.
  5. Once a firework is lit, place it safely on the ground and move to safe distance away to observe it.
  6. Never hold fireworks in your hands once lit.
  7. Use fireworks away from buildings in open, clear areas.
  8. Be mindful of dry conditions. Fireworks can ignite dry grass and brush and create fires.
  9. If a firework fails to ignite, do not attempt to relight. Let it rest for at least 20 minutes and then soak it in water.
  10. While using fireworks, keep a bucket of water, hose or other water source nearby to extinguish all fireworks after use.
  11. After purchasing fireworks, store them in a cool, dry place.
  12. Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  13. Keep all pets and animals away while using fireworks.
  14. Contact your local firework dealer if you have any questions regarding the safe use of fireworks.

Diversified wants to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend. Thank you to our current and former servicemen and women who fought and continue to fight for our freedom.

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