6 Tips for Holiday Fireworks Safety
With Independence Day right around the corner, now is the time to think about holiday fireworks safety. Here are a few tips to make sure everyone stays safe while enjoying this Fourth of July tradition.
Firework Safety Tips
Leave it up to the pros.
The best option is not to use any fireworks on your own. If not handled properly, they can cause burns and other injuries to both children and adults. Choose to go to a public fireworks show where professionals put on a really big show. Check out these 4th of July holiday fireworks presentations in Steuben County.
Know the rules.
While assorted fireworks are legal to purchase in the state of Indiana, lighting fireworks is not permitted in many areas. So make sure you know local rules before buying and setting off fireworks.
Leave it to the adults.
Children should never play with or around fireworks. It’s that simple. Even seemingly benign sparklers can reach temperatures of nearly 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Only set fireworks off outside and in a large enough area where everyone can steer clear. You should have a bucket of water available to soak all fireworks in before throwing them in a trash can.
Be smart and stay safe.
Common sense is the best rule when it comes to holiday fireworks safety. Don’t point or throw them towards other people, pets, buildings, bushes, or other flammable items. Don’t hold them in your hands while lighting. Don’t carry fireworks in your pockets. And wear eye protection.
In case of injury…
Holiday fireworks safety is no laughing matter. If an injury does occur immediately go to a hospital or urgent care facility. If it’s an eye injury, don’t let anyone touch it or rub it. Do NOT flush the eye with water or put any drop/ointment in the eye. For burns, remove clothing from the burned area. Don’t attempt to treat the burn yourself. Seek medical attention right away, even if it does not appear serious at first.
*Reviewed by: Jacqueline Akey, MD, Cameron Family Practice
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