By Mindy Longhurst
Fireworks are so much fun and are a great way to celebrate the 4th of July! Fireworks need to be used with care and caution. Fireworks can do some major damage to your eyes and other parts of your body. Even a simple firework like a sparkler can cause damage. Follow the simple steps below to keep safe during firework season.
Wear safety goggles
If you are doing fireworks from your home or neighborhood, make sure to wear safety goggles. Safety googles keep your eyes protected from possible damage.
Go to a city firework show
This is probably the safest way to watch a fireworks display. Having professionals light the fireworks is going to be better than an amateur lighting the fireworks.
Stay away from being close to where they shoot off the fireworks. It is recommended to stay about 500 feet away from the area.
Do not pick up a dud firework
If there is a firework that does not go off immediately, do not pick it up. Sometimes fireworks take a few minutes for it to work. You do not want to pick it up and have it explode in your hands. This could seriously injure your body. If there is a dud firework, make sure to wait about 20-30 minutes before picking it up. After you pick it up, put it in a bucket of cold water or use a garden hose to cool it off.
Fireworks are very loud! Wearing earplugs helps to protect your hearing.
Wear long sleeve clothing
Anytime you are close to fire or some sort of firework, make sure to wear long sleeves if possible. Wearing long sleeves will protect your skin in the event of an explosion.
Read the firework labels
If you set off your own fireworks, make sure to read the firework labels before igniting them.
Make sure it is legal to set off the fireworks
There are many cities where fireworks are not allowed to be set off except for professionals at the city firework display. Before purchasing fireworks, check to see if you can set the fireworks off in your hometown or local area.
If injured, do not treat it yourself
If you become injured from a firework, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
For more information on firework safety, visit https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks.