5 Ways to Practice Firework Safety
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Posted by Lisa D. on May 26, 2016 in Acuity

The Fourth of July is fast approaching, which means summer—a season to celebrate with barbeques, baseball, parades, picnics, and fireworks—is officially here. Fireworks can cause injuries and property damage, which is why it is important to review fireworks safety before the summer season arrives.

 

According to the 2014 Fireworks Annual Report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks led to 10,500 emergency room visits in 2014. About 67 percent of these injures (7,000) were treated between June 20 and July 20, and half of the individuals injured by fireworks were under 20 years old.

 

Most firework injuries result from recreational use of sparklers, bottle rockets, and firecrackers. Temperatures from these types of fireworks can range from 1,200 to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt metal and cause third-degree burns.

 

While fireworks may seem like a typical summer tradition, they can be dangerous and illegal. Here are five ways to practice firework safety.

 

  1. Know the law. Learn and obey the local laws regarding the use of fireworks. Cities and towns within the same state may have different regulations. Check with the local police department if you are unsure. If fireworks are not legal where you are, do not use them.
  2. Keep a safe distance. Even if your area allows fireworks, legal fireworks can cause injury if not used properly. Keep everyone a safe distance away from fireworks, especially children and pets who find the noise and light frightening. Leave any area where amateurs are using fireworks.
  3. Buyer beware. Fireworks should be bought only from reliable and licensed dealers. Approximately 41 percent of imported shipments of consumer fireworks contain banned hazardous substances. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign they were made for professional displays and could be a danger to consumers.
  4. Usecautiously. Do not use illegal explosives and do not experiment with homemade fireworks. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of fire or accident. Use fireworks outdoors, away from buildings and vehicles. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers. Light one at a time, and move away quickly. Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. Soak fireworks with water before throwing them away in a metal trash can away from combustibles.
  5. Leave it to the professionals. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. This is a great way to celebrate with friends and family and often times these events are free!.

 

Enjoying fireworks on the Fourth is as much an American tradition as baseball and apple pie. Have fun this summer, but also be safe. Acuity wishes you a safe summer season.

 

Lisa D.
Lisa D. has over 14 years of experience in the auto insurance industry, including 12 years at ACUITY. She obtained her P&C license and sold personal insurance for two years before starting at ACUITY, where she focuses on researching new auto coverages, helping with the auto pricing system, and leading auto insurance-related projects. On top of that, Lisa has her Association in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designations. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with her family. The last two go hand in hand, as she takes pictures of her kids every day.


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