Fireworks safety

Fireworks Safety

Independence Day is right around the corner. Cue fireworks! Many feel that they know how to handle fireworks safely, but thousands of Americans are injured by them every year. Nearly half of those injured are bystanders and many are children.

Be sure to follow the Safety Tips from the National Safety Council ®:

  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire

Better yet, grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the show.

Source: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/fireworks

If an eye injury occurs from fireworks, remember:

  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • Do not rub your eyes
  • Do not rinse your eyes
  • Do not apply pressure
  • Do not remove any objects that are stuck in the eye
  • Do not apply ointments or take any blood-thinning pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen

Source: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/injuries-fireworks-eye-safety

Other links:

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/injuries

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/injuries-protective-eyewear

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/preventing-injuries