Celebrate Fourth of July Safely

June 15, 2009

With warm weather and family activities, Fourth of July is the ultimate summer holiday. But before you celebrate this year, make sure your family knows the importance of fireworks safety. Nearly 10,000 people suffer fireworks related injuries every year. Floyd Memorial offers these tips to help you enjoy a fun and safe Fourth of July: 

  • Only buy fireworks from a licensed store or stand; never buy fireworks from an individual’s house, or out of someone’s car
  • Always have a bucket of water and hose nearby in case of accidents
  • Point fireworks away from homes, brush, leaves and other flammable substances
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Even sparklers can reach temperatures of 1800° F.
  • Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
  • Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Spectators should keep a safe distance from the launch site and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and fireworks. Have a “designated shooter.” 

According to the National Council on Fireworks Safety, the amount of fireworks imported to the U.S. has doubled in the last decade. The most common fireworks injuries occur to the hands and eyes. If someone is injured during your Fourth of July fireworks display, seek immediate medical care from the hospital or a physician. 

“There is no such thing as completely safe consumer fireworks,” Orthopedic and Hand Surgeon, Ganesh Ramachandran, DO, said. “Every year we treat children and adults who have been injured by legal fireworks. The pleasure is temporary, but the injury can be permanent.” 

Fireworks are a part of Fourth of July that are meant to be enjoyed, but you will enjoy them even more knowing your family is safe. Take extra precautions this holiday to ensure your Fourth of July is fun and safe.