No 4th of July celebration is complete without fireworks, right? The crack and boom of a colorful display is the perfect end to a fun-filled day with family and friends, but you may want to consider going to watch a public show instead of having your own in the backyard. Last year over 11,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for firework related injuries and roughly 16% of those were eye injuries. Even seemingly harmless sparklers, which are often given to children, can burn at more than 1000 degrees!
If you do choose to have your own firework display, follow a few simple rules to keep everyone safe during the celebration:
• Obey all local laws regarding firework use.
• Read and follow all directions on the packaging.
• Do not allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
• Only use fireworks outdoors and in open spaces away from buildings and trees.
• Keep all fireworks away from clothing and anything flammable.
• Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting the fuse on any firework.
• Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
• Have a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of fire.
Also, keep your furry friends in mind this holiday. More pets go missing around July 4 than any other time of the year due to being frightened by fireworks and running away. The best place for pets to be is indoors.
See links below for professional firework displays in your area: