The Fourth of July is right around the corner! That means it is time for great firework displays. Whether you are setting up your own display or going to watch someone else’s, you must remember to practice firework safety. Here are a few tips

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, even sparklers
  • Make sure that the fireworks you are planning to use are legal in your area before you use them. Click here for information regarding your state’s 2022 firework laws. 
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose handy in case of a fire or accident
  • Light your fireworks one at a time and quickly back away until it has fully extinguished
  • NEVER try to re-light or pick up fireworks that were a “dud” and failed to light properly
  • NEVER use fireworks unless you are completely sober

Firecrackers and sparklers seem harmless, right? That is not true. Firecrackers accounted for 1500 firework injuries in 2021. Sparklers were responsible for 1100. Although these fireworks do not seem like they could be dangerous, you must remember that when you use them you are still playing with fire. Anytime you play with fire you must practice fire safety protocols.

Do not let your fireworks get out of hand. Fireworks can easily change paths, fall over, or combust and ignite something. Therefore, it is important to keep a hose or bucket of water handy in case of an emergency like this. You do not want to be stuck calling the fire department on a holiday!

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days in the Emergency Room. Do not add yourself to this statistic. Practice safe firework usage and save yourself a trip to the hospital or a call to the fire department.