It is that time of the year again where barbeques, beach parties, and outdoor celebrations start to fill our summer calendars.
With so many of these celebrations comes the festive tradition of using fireworks and sparklers to further set the mood for summer. Although most of us know there are some risks associated with using the vibrant and fiery pyrotechnics, did you know when used improperly they can cause serious injury or even death?
In fact, fireworks have become such a dangerous risk to the public, that June was declared National Fireworks Safety Month.
According to a 2017 report produced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 12,900 individuals were injured in a firework related accident resulting in hospital visits.
The report also noted that 14% of firework related injuries occurred to the eye, and 22% of injuries occurred to the ears, face, and head.
Fireworks Safety Tips
With this information in mind, it is crucial that you and your loved ones take precautionary steps to guarantee you stay safe while still enjoying what summer has to offer. The following safety tips will help ensure you keep safe and enjoy your fireworks display:
- Always use adult supervision and never allow children to play with, or ignite, fireworks
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks
- Never use bottle rockets
- Read and follow all manufacturers’ warnings and instructions
- Keep a source of water (and a fire extinguisher), close by in case of a fire or mishap
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly
- Never throw fireworks at another person
- Shoot fireworks on a clean, flat surface, and away from buildings or flammable materials
What to do for a fireworks-related eye injury
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Do not rub your eyes
- Do not rinse your eyes
- Do not apply pressure
- Do not remove any objects stuck in the eye
- Do not apply any ointments or take any blood-thinning pain medications (such as aspirin or ibuprophen)