Fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as apple-pie, but did you know that more ﬁres are reported on that day than any other day of the year in the United States? More than half of these ﬁres are caused by ﬁreworks. The good news is you can enjoy your holiday and the ﬁreworks, with just a few simple safety tips:
PROCEED WITH CAUTION!
After the ﬁrework display, children should never pick up ﬁreworks that may be left over, they may still be active.
The safest way to enjoy ﬁreworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
Leave ﬁreworks to the professionals.
Do not use consumer ﬁreworks.
(Consumer fireworks include sparklers and ﬁrecrackers. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.)
1. Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.
2. The risk of fireworks injury was two-and-a-half times as high for children ages 10–14 as for the general population.