Fireworks safety is important. According to the National Council for Fireworks Safety & The National Fire Protection Association, each July 4th, thousands of people, often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for young people ages 5-9, followed by children 10-19. Nearly 90% of emergency room fireworks injuries involve fireworks consumers are permitted to use.
Did you know? The top of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degree Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- Never allow children to play or ignite fireworks.
- Never re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Always keep a bucket of water or a garden hose close by.
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