Fireworks Safety 101

Fourth of July fireworks safety recommendations

(RxWiki News) As you prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, you need to know a few things about fireworks and how to keep your family safe.

Fireworks can be dangerous, especially if they're not handled with care. Fireworks can and do cause injuries to the eyes and skin in both adults and children.

Read on for some fireworks safety tips.

Attend a Public Fireworks Display

To avoid injuries, you're likely safest if you avoid shooting fireworks at home. Instead, attend a public fireworks display. In most places, the city, baseball park or local amusement park will offer an Independence Day fireworks display.

Furthermore, using fireworks at home is actually illegal in some places. If you plan to use fireworks at home, check with the city to make sure that you legally can.

Home Fireworks Safety

If fireworks are legal where you live and you are planning to shoot fireworks this July 4th, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Do not allow young children to play with or light fireworks. Even sparklers can result in injuries. Sparklers can reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure your children keep the sparklers away from their face, hair and clothes. Having your children play with glow sticks is a safer alternative.
  • Always have an adult available to supervise.
  • Only purchase legal fireworks. Legal fireworks will indicate the manufacturer and directions for use. Illegal fireworks may be found under the names "M-80," "M-100," "Blockbuster" or "Quarterpounder."
  • Do not purchase fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. These fireworks are more than likely for professional use only.
  • Do not throw or point fireworks at another person.
  • Light one firework at a time.
  • Do not put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Do not light fireworks in glass or metal containers.
  • Stay clear of others.
  • Never light a firework while holding it in your hand.
  • Point fireworks away from houses, vehicles, and brush or leaves.
  • In case of fire, have a bucket of water or hose nearby.

Protecting Your Family

Here are some additional fireworks safety tips to protect your family:

  • Wear eye protection.
  • Protect your ears.
  • After fireworks are done burning, soak them in a bucket of water before discarding them.
  • Keep your pet safe. Fireworks can scare pets and hurt their ears. If possible, keep your pets inside during the fireworks.

If an injury occurs, seek immediate medical attention.