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Firework Safety

  • Never allow children to handle fireworks, including sparklers, which can reach temperatures hotter than a blow torch.
  • Set a good example of firework safety – observe all local and state laws.
  • Offer children safe alternatives like glow sticks or confetti poppers.
  • Only light fireworks outside and away from your home, flammables and trash, etc.
  • Wear leather gloves and safety goggles while lighting fireworks.
  • Use a designated shooter who is not impaired.
  • Never hold lit fireworks in your hand.
  • Never lean over fireworks or use near the face – and never point or throw fireworks at anyone.
  • Do not relight fireworks and be careful when picking up used fireworks – they might still be hot.
  • Never ignite fireworks in glass or metal containers, which could explode or shatter
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose close by to douse duds and to use in case of a fire.
  • Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Avoid having fireworks land on people, houses, and vehicles. 

If a burn injury occurs, know these simple steps and take immediate action:

  • Run cool – not cold – water over the burn.
  • Remove all clothing and jewelry from the injured area.
  • Cover the area with a dry, clean sheet or loose bandages.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.

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