We all look forward to celebrating the Fourth with family and friends. There’s nothing better than sharing good food and good times with those we love. Burgers and dogs sizzling on the grill and fireworks bursting overhead are a big part of the tradition — but they also pose some risks. In one recent year, 8 folks died and over 12,000 were injured in fireworks related incidents, and, sadly, half of these were children and teens. Of course, about two thirds of these tragedies happen between June 16 and July 16. And direct injuries aren’t the only risk — fireworks start over 18,000 fires a year, including 1300 structure fires and 300 vehicle fires.
Fireworks Safety – for sure, the best course is to follow the National Safety Council’s advice to enjoy fireworks at professional public displays, and not use any fireworks on your own. But, if you do —
Sparklers – are also dangerous. We tend to think of them as safer and often see young kids at events and along parade routes running around with sparklers in hand. But they are a lot more dangerous than most people think. They burn at 2000°, hot enough to melt some metals. They can quickly ignite clothing. Kids have received severe burns after dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of ER visits for fireworks injuries. And, for children under five, sparklers account for nearly half of the total injuries. Best to consider safer alternatives, such as glow sticks or colored streamers.
Grilling Safety – July is also a peak month for grilling fires and injuries. Enjoy the grub, but keep your loved ones safe:
We hope you all have a safe time celebrating our Independence and making great holiday memories with your family and friends.
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