Fireworks and Independence Day are as American as apple pie, however, the Gadsden Fire Prevention Bureau encourages everyone to use caution this year when enjoying our nation’s birthday. Annually fireworks are responsible for nearly 10,000 injuries. 46% of these injuries impact the hands and fingers, while 34% effect ears and eyes. Sparklers are the number one cause of injury when using fireworks. Sparklers produce temperatures that can reach 1200 degrees, yet this is the first device that we hand to our children to enjoy. Additionally, fireworks cause an average of 18,500 reported fires each year. The Gadsden Fire Prevention Bureau along with the National Fire Protection Association encourages individuals to celebrate by attending a public show put on by experts. With these facts in mind, the Gadsden Fire Prevention Bureau would like to provide you with a few safety tips to help you and your family enjoy this 4th of July.
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or another mishap.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
- Light fireworks one at a time then move back quickly.
- Never attempt to shoot fireworks from your hand, always follow manufacturer's warnings.
- Always keep a phone readily available to call 911 in the event of an emergency