When you think of the 4th of July you probably associate it with barbecues, celebrating, pool parties, and fireworks! Who doesn’t love to end their 4th of July evening with a beautiful display of colorful explosions in the sky? Make sure that you stay safe while setting off fireworks; nobody wants an injury on a holiday! The National Safety Council estimated that in 2006 9,200 people were treated in an emergency room for firework related injuries. Close to 36% of these patients were under the age of 15 and the age group most at risk for injuring themselves with fireworks is 10-14 years of age with 3 times the risk of the general population. This does not mean that college students are not at risk of injury.
To celebrate the 4th many people attend parties that can range from a small get-together to a large crowded party. In a crowded party the chance of you getting injured from fireworks or injuring someone else increases. If alcohol is involved then the risk increases and it becomes more dangerous to use fireworks. The National Safety Council suggests that you should watch a public firework display to remain safe this holiday.
If fireworks are legal in your area then follow these safety tips provided by the National Safety Council:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
- Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
- Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.
- Light one device at a time; maintain a safe distance after lighting.
- Do not allow any running or horseplay while fireworks are being used.
- Never ignite devices in a container.
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks; douse and soak them with water and discard them safely.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire.
School is closed on the 4th so dress up in red, white and blue and go celebrate the holiday; but remember to stay safe whether from fireworks, sun exposure, or drinking alcohol because you don’t want to end up in the emergency room!