Courtesy/National Fire Protection Association
July 4th is only a few short weeks away! Fireworks have been a part of many of our families’ Independence Day celebrations throughout the years. Let’s make sure our community is safe during this holiday season.
People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips.
- Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Backup to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Buy only legal fireworks read the label on each device. Fireworks are required to be labeled by the law.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
- Once fireworks have completely burned, fully submerge fireworks in a large bucket of water and soak until thoroughly saturated.
- Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose or bucket of water nearby.
- Use caution when lighting fireworks. Set up the fireworks outdoors in a clear area that is far from trees, vegetation, dry areas and materials that are combustible.
- Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
- Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
- Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.
Reasons for Precautions
What kinds of injuries occur due to fireworks? Fireworks can cause blindness, third degree burns and permanent scars. Even a simple sparkler burns at around 1,200 degrees, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns to your children’s hands. Fires can be started with fireworks, leading to loss of life, home and wildlife.
Los Alamos Fire Department recommends you enjoy your holiday by leaving the fireworks to the professionals. The safest way to see them is to visit a professionally run fireworks event.
For more information on fireworks safety, visit www.nfpa.org/education.