Ready for fireworks? We’ve got fireworks safety tips to help you keep your 4th of July celebrations safe! In 2017, 50% of fireworks-related injuries were to children and young adults under 20. Many of these injures are due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade or homemade fireworks. However, always keep in mind that even sparklers or small firecrackers can be dangerous. Fireworks also cause over 18,000 fire each year, making firework safety even more important here in dry Southern California! Follow these firework safety tips to keep your 4th safe and fun:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks. Older children should only do so under adult supervision.
- Always use protective gear and never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Never light fireworks indoors, point them at another person, or hold lighted fireworks in your hands.
- Never light fireworks in a container or around flammable material.
- Only light one at a time and never attempt to re-light malfunctioning fireworks.
- Soak used and unused fireworks in water for several hours before discarding.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby.
Alternatives to Fireworks
Sparklers burn at around 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt certain types of metal. They can quickly ignite clothing or cause burns if dropped. Sparklers account for 25% of fireworks injuries seen in emergency rooms, with children under 5 accounting for half of those. Consider alternatives like glow sticks, confetti poppers, or streamers instead. Review our Seasonal Smarts Digest: Summer 2019 edition for more summer tips!