This upcoming weekend will mark the independence of the United States and the birth of our great nation. While towns across America will be celebrating with parades, fairs, cookouts, and fireworks, many families will be hosting their own firework shows. It’s true that fireworks provide exciting entertainment, but thousands of people are injured each year by personal firework use. The most common injuries associated with fireworks are both serious and minor burns, loss of hearing and/or sight, and even death.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these common sense safety tips for using fireworks in the hopes that injuries to Idahoans can be greatly reduced this season.
A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks, and know your fireworks—read the labels and performance descriptions before igniting. Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks, and light one firework at a time and then quickly move away. Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings, vehicles, dried brush, grass, or anything that has the potential to catch on fire.
Additionally, always have a bucket of water and water hose nearby. Never relight a “dud” firework—wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers, and do not experiment with homemade fireworks or illegal explosives. Plus, alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day. FAA regulations prohibit the possession and transportation of fireworks in checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
It is recommended that young children do not to handle or use fireworks, but many parents still allow their children to use sparklers—a handheld, slow-burning firework. Sparklers can get extremely hot and account for a lot of firework-related injuries. Make sure to watch children closely if they are using sparklers.
If you’re looking for a safe and fun professional fireworks celebration this weekend, we are the proud sponsor of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce Summerfest Firework Show held for the public on Saturday, July 4th at Jensen’s Grove in Blackfoot.
Happy 4th of July from Bingham Memorial Hospital!