New Year’s Fireworks Safety
Every year, thousands of individuals are injured in fireworks accidents, with the majority of these incidents occurring in connection with New Year’s and Fourth of July festivities.
By following a few simple safety guidelines, you can greatly reduce your risk of injury.
Five Firework Safety Recommendations
The following tips were provided by CBC News:
- Read the Instructions for Each Product: Every firework has unique safety instruction concerning how the device should be place and ignited. Taking a few minutes to review the instructions printed on each device can ensure the devices are handled and enjoyed safety.
- Allow for Enough Space: Fireworks should only be set off in clear, open areas. When applicable, it is recommended that spectators of larger devices be at least 100 meters away from the fireworks.
- Have Water Nearby: Always be prepared for an accident. Fireworks are explosives and can result in fires. Having a water supply that is easily accessible can help prevent flames from spreading and becoming uncontrollable.
- Alcohol and Fireworks Don’t Mix: Simply do NOT use fireworks while intoxicated.
- Common Sense Wins: The vast majority of firework mishaps occur when users act inappropriately or put caution aside. Be attentive and remember, if it seems like a bad idea, it probably is.
Firework Injury Statistics
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates 10,500 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2014.
- In 2014, the CPSC received 11 reports of nonoccupational fireworks-related fatalties:
- Four victims died in house fires caused by fireworks
- Seven died from direct impacts of fireworks
- Children under the age of 15 years of age accounted for 35 percent of 2014 injuries.