Fireworks, the beach and family outings are the highlights of the July 4th holiday. While the day is fun-filled, it also has its share of dangers. Here are some tips from the National Safety Council to keep your Fourth of July safe.
Sparklers, firecrackers, Roman candles, cherry bombs and bottle rockets are illegal in many states, including Massachusetts. And, for good reason. The National Safety Council reports that two years ago, four people were killed and more than 11,000 injuries occurred due to amateurs using fireworks.
Also, there are more reported fires on July 4 than any other day of the year. Two of every five reported fires are due to fireworks. According to the National Fire Association, an average of 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires are attributed every year to fireworks.
Check out the dangers of these popular Fourth of July fireworks:
Sparklers – There burn at nearly 2,000 degrees, enough to melt many metals. Many children have received severe burns from what most people believe are an innocuous Fourth of July celebration staple.
Bottle Rockets – These are small rockets, attached to a stick, lit by a fuse and fired from a rocket. Children have received serious eye, head and chest injuries from these devices.
Firecrackers – Some are linked together to explode as a series. Users have sustained burns and other injuries.
M-80s (Cherry Bomb) – The explosion from these M-Class devices can rattle windows for blocks and have caused serious injuries from premature detonation.
Roman Candles – Tubes eject multiple exploding shells. They have known to jam and have caused lost fingers and serious burns.
Leave fireworks to the professionals. Go to a local fireworks show where they can be enjoyed in a safe environment.
On the Road
July 4th is one of the busiest days on the roads. It is also one of the most dangerous. The National Safety Council is estimating that more than 160 deaths and well over 18,000 injuries will occur.
If you’re hitting road:
- Drive defensively
- Avoid distractions
- Be patient
- Buckle up
- Stay engaged with your teen drivers
- Be well rested to avoid fatigue
- Have a designated, sober driver
Following these tips will keep you and your family safe on the Fourth of July. Enjoy! And, Happy Birthday, America!