With the Fourth of July weekend on the horizon, many families are planning to enjoy a traditional firework display after dark. Before lighting the match, Hendricks Regional Health is reminding families of the following firework safety tips:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise firework activities, especially sparklers.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting the fuse.
- Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
Tips provided by Hendricks Regional Health Pediatric Services. For more on firework safety, please visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.