Fireworks Safety

By: Stacy Eckes
By: Stacy Eckes

The fourth of July is always marked with a bang, as fireworks explode into the night sky.

Despite warnings, every year more than 10-thousand people are rushed to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries like burns to the hands and eyes.

It is important that only adults handle all fireworks.

If older children should use a sparkler, it is important parents don't allow any running or horseplay.

Always read and follow the directions provided with the fireworks.

Light one device at a time and do it outdoors in a clear area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.

Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks; douse and soak them with water and discard them safely.