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How to Prevent Firework Injuries | Travel & Vacation Tips & Resources

How to Prevent Firework Injuries

Statistics have shown that over 40% of children are hurt each year due to firework injuries. Over 60% of these injuries occur on the 4th of July. In order to prevent firework injuries, here are some recommendations to follow.

  1. If you are planning a fireworks display in your yard or in front of your home, make sure that your family and other neighbors are at least 500 feet away from the action point.
  2. Do not use matches or a lighter to set off the fireworks, but use a taper instead.
  3. Never stand over the rocket or other firework you are about to set off.
  4. After a firework has been lit, stand at a safe distance. If it doesn’t go off, do not attempt to pick it up, as it may not be the dud you think it is.
  5. Supervise your children around fireworks.
  6. Sparklers should not be given to children under the age of five.
  7. Always light one firework at a time. Never try to experiment with several different fireworks at the same time.
  8. Ensure the rocket you are setting off is secure and will go straight up.
  9. Keep children far away from fire crackers.
  10. Keep pets indoors.
  11. Do not use any bottles or metal containers to set off firecrackers or rockets.
  12. Wear protective goggles.
  13. Check with local officials about firework rules and regulations.
  14. Do not allow children to pick up any fireworks from the ground. Some may not have exploded and can be dangerous.
  15. Avoid using cherry bombs.

Finally, it is a statistical fact that about 25% of bystanders have been harmed during a fireworks display. To avoid this, the best recommendation is to attend a professional fireworks event in your city. It is a completely controlled environment and steps are taken to ensure the general public is safe and can thoroughly enjoy the show.

Many states have outlawed the use of fireworks by individuals. This is a good thing. But if it is legal in your state, adhere to the strict guidelines for firework use so that the evening’s event will be a safe and enjoyable one.


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