Fireworks Safety 101

It wouldn’t feel like the Fourth of July without a dazzling firework show, and while fireworks are gorgeous, it’s important to remember that they can seriously injure you.

Fireworks hold such a high-risk for injury, including skin burns, eye injuries, and potential fires.

If you plan on hosting your own fireworks show, here are a few safety tips so you can prevent yourself and your guests from getting hurt.

Read the instructions

This should go without saying, but here’s a friendly reminder to always read the caution labels and instructions before purchasing.

Wear safety glasses for shooting fireworks

It is a possibility that shooting fireworks can result in eye injuries, so be sure to keep your eyes covered whenever possible.

Light fireworks in an open, clear area

Fireworks should be lit in clear areas away from cars, houses, and large buildings.  You should also try to minimize contact with objects that could catch on fire, such as clothes, chairs, or even plants.

Never let children handle fireworks

With fireworks and sparklers being hot enough to melt some metals, imagine what they could do to yours or your little one’s hands.  Adults should always supervise fireworks activities, as well as avoid lighting fireworks around small children.

Never re-light a dud

Don’t keep trying to re-light a dud firework.  Wait at least 20 minutes before handling the firework, then allow it soak and cool down in a bucket of water.  

Douse the fireworks with water

Once you’re done, be sure to soak firework devices with water to ensure the fire is fully put out.

 

The best way to protect you and your family from getting injured is to not light your fireworks, and leave it to the professionals at your local fireworks show!  But if you plan on lighting your own, be sure to follow these safety tips and enjoy the show!

If you happen to face a minor injury, please be sure to visit Synergy Immediate Care for medical treatment.  We treat a range of non-life-threatening injuries, including minor burns and rashes. If you’ve experienced a minor injury or would like more information about our services, please call to book an appointment at 703-942-5331.

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