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Independence Day: commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.[1]

As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July by enjoying picnics with family, barbecues with friends, and wearing red, white, and blue and watching colorful fireworks adorn the night sky…let’s take a moment to understand and acknowledge the risks associated with using legal fireworks.

June and July are National Fireworks Safety Months. Although we spend the majority of the Fourth of July holiday celebrating, many people spend the end of the night in the emergency room. “CPSC (Consumer Products and Safety Commission) conducted an in-depth study of the 7,400 injuries reported between June 21, 2013, and July 21, 2013. Here’s what they found:

Men Were More Likely to be Injured than Women, 57 Percent to 43 Percent

Roughly half of the injured were 25 or younger. Children under 4 accounted for 14 percent of the injuries. Which fireworks caused the most injuries? Sparklers accounted for 2,300 of the 7,400 injuries reported during the in-depth study. The flickering wands burn at roughly 2,000 degrees and often wind up in the hands of children Hands and fingers were the body parts most likely to be burned or otherwise injured, accounting for 36 percent of injuries during the month-long study. They were followed by the head and face (22 percent), eye (16 percent) and leg (14 percent). A majority of the injuries weren’t severe enough to require an extended hospital stay. AN estimated 91 percent of the injured were treated at the emergency room and released. Roughly 5 percent were treated and transferred to another hospital and approximately 3 percent were admitted to the hospital. The remaining 2 percent of victims left the hospital without being seen, according to the report.”[2] In order to keep you and your family safe as you celebrate Independence Day this year, follow the following safety tips recommended by The National Council on Fireworks Safety:

Obey all Local Laws Regarding the Use of Fireworks

Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children, Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show. Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks. Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away. Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from building and vehicles. Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby. Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers. Do not experiment with homemade fireworks. 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.[3] At Apex, we hope you enjoy your Fourth of July holiday and use these tips to keep you and your family safe as you celebrate.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_%28United_States%29

[2] http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/01/what-we-know-about-americas-annual-tradition-of-injuring-ourselves-with-fireworks/

[3] http://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips/

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