Fireworks safety on the Fourth of July
Fireworks may be a Fourth of July tradition, but they’re also extremely dangerous.
Thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured each year using fireworks. Bottle rockets and sparklers generally cause the most issues.
Many people consider sparklers safer and give them to kids, but sparklers can reach temperatures high enough to cause third degree burns.
The consumer product safety commission offers these guidelines:
• never allow children to handle fireworks
• Use them outside
• Light only one at a time
• Never re-light a dud
• Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water before throwing them in the trash