The 4th of July is right around the corner. If you are like most Americans, you will be celebrating your independence by getting together with friends and family, having a BBQ, and lighting things on fire.
The American Pyrotechnics Association estimates that over 200 million pounds of fireworks are burned through on Independence Day, and that is not accounting for the some 14,000 professional fireworks displays across the country. In a billion dollar industry, 90 percent of the revenue from backyard fireworks and almost 75 percent from professional displays are generated from Independence Day.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that over 60 percent of firework related injuries occur between June 22nd and July 22nd. Whether it’s due to people underestimating how dangerous fireworks can be, combining fireworks with alcohol abuse, or simply not taking proper safety precautions – fireworks cause over 91,000 serious injuries over the last ten years.
Almost all of these injuries can be prevented. So take a moment to review the facts and make sure you understand all the proper safety procedures when using fireworks. Remember, nothing stops a celebration faster than a trip to the emergency room.
Firework safety is paramount this time of year. Here are a few more steps you can take to keep your family and friends safe.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
- Always light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface to insure stability of the device
- Always ignite one device at a time
- Do not consume alcohol while handling fireworks
- Be cautious of igniting aerial devices during high wind conditions
- NEVER, EVER look in a tube that has a shell loaded in it
- Keep fireworks in a box that you can easily close and secure – This will prevent sparks from igniting other fireworks
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