Fireworks and the 4th of July

Fireworks and the Fourth: 10 Tips For A Safe Celebration

I love a good professional fireworks show. I usually watch the festivities from my friends farm in Lincoln County or from the clubhouse at Gibson Bay Golf Course here in Richmond.   I even attended Thunder Over Louisville a few years to see one the best pyrotechnics show you can imagine.

Thunder Over Louisville

Thunder Over Louisville

But I’ll admit—I’m not a huge fan of consumer fireworks. It’s probably because my very good friend from college lost her eyesight from a prank where someone tossed a firecracker toward her to make her jump…..it went off early and exploded near her face, burning and damaging her eye.   That pretty much scared me from using anything more than sparklers.  I have also witnessed my nephews goofing around and tossing “Blackcats” at each other for fun.  It never fails that as the day drags on ..someone will do something stupid to create a laugh, not thinking that the end results could be disastrous.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC) statistics show hundreds of people are injured every year by fireworks. The CPSC has put together a pretty great infographic on the subject.

 Some key statistics:

  • On average, 200 people go to the Emergency Room per day for fireworks-related injuries in the month surrounding the 4th of July (June 17–July 17).
  • Hands and fingers are the most injured body parts, followed by the head, face, ears and eyes.
  • 40% of the injuries happen to adults ages 25-44, 45% happen to people under age 24.
  • 68% of those injured were male.

 Surprised? I’m guessing you’re probably not. The numbers fell mostly where I thought they would. These numbers really illustrate how important it is for people of all ages to treat fireworks with respect. Read all of the warnings and use common sense.

On average, 200 people go to the Emergency Room per day for fireworks-related injuries in the month surrounding the 4th of July

Rules to LIVE by:

  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person….  ( I have seen this tragedy first hand )!
  • Think twice about using fireworks if you currently live in an area experiencing very dry weather and elevated fire risks.
  • Follow all laws! If fireworks are illegal in your area, don’t use them.
  • Never allow young children to play with fireworks. Young children can very easily suffer burns from sparklers, which burn at 2,000 degrees.
  • Have an adult closely supervise any older children using fireworks.
  • Be careful when lighting the fuse. Don’t place any part of your body over the firework. Light only one firework at a time and back up to a safe distance immediately.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have malfunctioned. Soak them and throw them away.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks stop burning, douse it with plenty of water before discarding it.

Enjoy the Holiday safely!

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