Each year, fireworks-related injuries send about 10,000people to the ER and cause thousands of structural and vehicle fires.
Did you know that a sparkler burns at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is enough to cause third-degree burns?
According to the National Fire Protection Association(NFPA), there are more U.S.
fires typically reported on Independence Day than any other day in the year. Fireworks account for half of those fires, more than any other cause.
If fireworks are legal in your community and someone has plans to set them off, be sure these safety tips are followed:
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Two of five (40%) people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15. Sparklers, fountains, & novelties alone accounted for 32% of the emergency room fireworks injuries in 2008. Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface way from the house, dry leaves and flammable materials.
- Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
- Keep a buck of water nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.
Your friends at The Weimer Group want you to stay safe this holiday and leave the fireworks to the professionals.