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.
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.