Safety tips: What to do with fireworks to stay safe
Florida Travel Guide: Fireworks tips to stay safe during celebrations
As parades and parties, fireworks are synonymous with festive celebrations. Safety for fireworks is extremely important – every year, families and groups purchase fireworks privately for their own use, and each year, thousands end up in emergency rooms with firework related injuries, mostly between mid June to mid July. Whether you’re handling sparklers or firecrackers, there are precautions to take. Aside from common sense, follow our Fireworks safety tips on how to stay safe:
- Don’t alter, modify or combine fireworks
- Don’t use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.
- Keep a bucket of water, a hose or a fire extinguisher nearby
- Only ignite fireworks outdoors, never inside.
- Don’t smoke when lighting fireworks.
- Designate one person to light fireworks.
If a firework doesn’t go off
- Wait 20 minutes and then douse it with water or soak it in a bucket of water.
- Don’t re-light the firework.
- Don’t pick it up. Call your local fire department if you’re unsure.
- Be very careful lighting fireworks if there are strong wind conditions.
- Always light fireworks with the prevailing wind blowing away from spectators.
- Keep spectators at a safe distance.
- Don’t let children handle, play with, or light fireworks.
- Don’t aim, point or throw fireworks at someone.
If you’re lighting the fireworks
- Wear safety glasses.
- Drinking and lighting fireworks aren’t a safe combination.
- Read all warning labels and precautionary information.
- Light only one firework at one time.
Obey the Law
- Obey a ban of fireworks due to drought.
- If fireworks aren’t legal, don’t use them.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, out of 9,000 fireworks injuries treated in emergency rooms within one year, approximately 40 % were to children under 15 years old. Of those injuries, 1,200 were sparkler-related, 900 were caused by firecrackers and 400 happened from bottle rockets. Following were the major injuries treated:
- 30% hand and finger injuries
- 22 % leg injuries
- 21 % eye injuries
- 16 % head, face and ear injuries
What are your fireworks safety tips?