A surprising number of people are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to fireworks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists an estimated 7,000 reported injuries in 2008. Make sure you have a safe 4th of July by following the tips below!
#1: Read and follow all firework warnings and instructions – Don’t assume that you already know what you’re doing, make sure you follow each step or you could end up with severe injuries.
#2: Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface safely away from people and any flammable items – A lot of people think because it doesn’t state in the directions to put the fireworks on a flat surface that they can light them anywhere they want.
#3: When lighting fireworks, be aware of any brush or dry grass that may ignite from sparks – Be aware of your surroundings! You may be lighting the fireworks off on a flat concrete surface but if there’s dry grass nearby it could be a safety hazard.
#4: Whether you have your own fireworks show or watch a professional display, enjoy the holiday!
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