How to stay safe around fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks safety isn’t just for kids – parents should protect themselves while celebrating, too.

According to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 212 million pounds of fireworks were purchased in 2011, a jump from 184 million in 2010 – and last year, more than 18,700 injuries were logged.

With all those pounds of pyrotechnics, make sure you are taking steps to be safe. Even sparklers are not to be trusted – 1,100 emergency department injuries were from the lit-up sticks.

Tips from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:

First, check with the local law enforcement to see about fireworks laws.
Seems obvious, but only adults should light fireworks.
Never hold lit fireworks or place them near your body.
Always have water on hand.
Read the caution label before igniting.
Wear safety eyewear.
Soak used fireworks in water before tossing them out.
Never, ever try to relight a firework.


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