Fireworks are a staple at festivities for many Americans during the summer months. Unfortunately, many people do not realize just how dangerous fireworks and sparklers can be—which is a primary reason that injuries occur. Fireworks can not only injure the users, but can also cause harm to bystanders. All fireworks— including sparklers, bottle rockets and firecrackers—have the potential to cause burns, blindness and other injuries.
To ensure safety and avoid accidents when using fireworks, consider the following suggestions:
- Do not shoot fireworks off if you are under the influence of alcohol.
- Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them from metal or glass containers.
- Use fireworks and sparklers outdoors only.
- Always have a hose or water bucket handy.
- Keep spectators a safe distance away.
- Show children how to properly hold sparklers, how to stay far enough away from other children and what not to do.
- Never try to relight a firework that didn’t properly ignite.
- Soak all firework debris in water before throwing it away.