The fourth of July is one of the most celebrated weekends of the year. People are traveling, firing up the grill, spending time with friends and family, and watching fireworks. Unfortunately for some families, this holiday can also include a trip to the emergency room. Staying safe around fireworks should be high priority, when setting them off on your own. This year especially, because the holiday falls mid-week, we have an extended 4th of July celebration; more opportunities for fun, but also more opportunities for fireworks mishaps as well.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are on average about 230 fireworks-related injuries near and on the 4th of July each year in the United States. Some incidents have even been deadly. In 2014, nine people died from fireworks related accidents.
A great way to watch fireworks is to attend a profession public showing of fireworks. However for those setting off fireworks at home it is important to take precaution and follow certain safety tips.
- Direct fireworks away from homes, and keep away from leaves and flammable objects
- Keep a supply of water close by in case of fire or to extinguish faulty fireworks
- Light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance afterward.
- Do not allow children to handle/ be very close to fireworks
- Do not wear loose or baggy clothing when lighting fireworks.
- Always follow the instructions on firework packaging
- Take pets indoors while using fireworks. Most pets are afraid of fireworks.
If an injury occurs, immediately go to a doctor, or come to an AFC urgent care center where staff is equipped to care for burns and fireworks related injuries. For more information and questions, feel free to give us a call at 860-357-6899 or stop by our New Britain AFC urgent care center where we have professionals available. We’re open 7 days a week, no appointment needed.