The Fourth of July conjures images of barbecues, good company, and All-American merriment, but did you know that it also happens to be a holiday with a high number of injuries occurring yearly?
As beautiful and enjoyable as fireworks displays can be, the truth remains that fireworks are dangerous explosives. When used incorrectly, they can be hazardous and even deadly. According to a 2012 study conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “200 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.”
It is important to note that many fireworks are actually illegal in South Florida. For more information about what types of fireworks you can purchase legally, check out this informative article
from The Palm Beach Post.
If you are planning on purchasing legal fireworks for your festivities, the following firework safety tips should help keep injuries at bay:
• Children should never light fireworks. Let the adults ignite fireworks, and keep children (and pets!) at a safe distance.
• Be sure to keep fireworks clear of dry grass, leaves, trees, buildings and potentially flammable substances.
• Dress accordingly: Avoid loose clothing, exposed skin, and use protective glasses.
• Keep a fire extinguisher or water hose close by, just in case.
• Never attempt to re-light “duds.”
• Point fireworks away from crowds, buildings, trees and plants. Do not throw fireworks.
• Light fireworks one at a time. This will give you sufficient time and room to move away from one that is ignited.
• When in doubt, leave it to the pros!
There are tons of professional fireworks displays all around Palm Beach County. Visit SouthFlorida.com
for some of the festivities happening from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade.
For more great tips and resources regarding firework safety, click here