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Fourth of July fireworks are as American as apple pie and ice cream. But, while apple pie and ice cream don’t pose much of a threat to safety, fireworks do. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 10,000 people are treated for fire-related injuries in the ER each year. These injuries include damaged corneas and retinas, along with burns, cuts and bruises.
Read below for a few tips to keep you safe this Fourth of July:
- Fireworks should only be used outdoors on a driveway, sidewalk or other fire-resistant surfaces. Remember, fires are caused by careless handling of fireworks in areas exposed to sparks or live fireworks.
- Wear protective eyewear while lighting fireworks. Every house should have at least one pair of ANSI-approved protective eyewear, which can be purchased at any hardware store.
- Never ignite fireworks during high winds where flying sparks can start a fire. Keep a bucket of water handy in case sparks start a fire.
- Deposit sparklers in a metal container as they may be stepped on while hot.
- Never try to re-ignite fireworks that malfunction or fail to go off.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing when using fireworks.