Fourth of July and fireworks go hand-in-hand, but if not handled properly, fireworks can cause serious injury. The National Safety Council estimates that children between the ages of 10 and 14 are three times more likely to suffer an injury from fireworks than the general population.
Before lighting that sparkler, study these safety tips:
- The best way to protect your family is to not use fireworks at home. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.
- Before lighting fireworks, check to see if it is legal in your neighborhood.
- Always use fireworks outside and have a source of water nearby in case of accidents.
- Never hold a firework in your hand or any part of your body while lighting it.
- Always wear eye protection while lighting a firework.
- Never point a firework at another person, animal, or a house.