Have a Safe 4th of July with These Safety Tips
On the Fourth of July, millions of Americans across the country gather to celebrate the birth of the United States as an independent country. And as we all know, one of the ways we love to celebrate Independence Day is to light off fireworks and make a lot of light and sound. It’s a great time of year to have fun for the whole family.
But it’s not all fun. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns that thousands of people are injured every year because of fireworks. Every year, fires caused by fireworks cause an average of 3 deaths, 40 injuries, and $43 million in property damage. Fireworks (particularly consumer fireworks) can be extremely dangerous if used irresponsibly.
This article will offer you a few safety tips for viewing fireworks, according to the NFPA. Keep these tips in mind and we can all have a safe and happy Fourth of July.
Fire and Burn Hazards from Fireworks
When used improperly, fireworks can constitute a serious fire hazard. The NFPA estimates that fireworks cause a total of 18,500 fires every year. About a quarter of these fires occur on the Fourth of July.
In addition, fireworks caused an estimated 10,500 emergency room visits for injuries (especially burns) in 2014. Most of the individuals injured are male, accounting for 74 percent of fireworks-related injuries. Children aged 5 to 9 are more than twice as likely to be injured by fireworks as any other age group. As you might expect, the hands and fingers are the most likely locations of injury, accounting for 36 percent of injuries.
It pays to stay safe on the Fourth of July.
Tips for Safe Fireworks Viewing
According to the NFPA, individuals should avoid the use of consumer fireworks altogether. The NFPA advises you to go to a public fireworks show put on by experts who will take care of the whole thing and ensure safe viewing. In addition, the NFPA advises that you keep watch on your children to make sure they stay safe at the fireworks shows you choose to visit.
Furthermore, the NFPA wants you to know that sparklers burn at a temperature of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit and cause roughly one in four fireworks-related injuries. So make sure you keep your family safe from those dangerous, dangerous sparklers this Fourth of July.
Follow all these guidelines and you’ll be able to have a lot of safe fun watching other people light off fireworks and not lighting any yourself.
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