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.

Enjoy the recipe of the week:

4th of July S’mores Dip!

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