Play it safe with fireworks tonight

July 4, 2013

By Staff

NEW — Noon July 4, 2013

The Fourth of July — what a day for picnics, family get-togethers, and of course fireworks!

However, an average of 10,000 fireworks related injuries are reported every year in emergency rooms across the country, according to Eastside Fire & Rescue. Alarming statistics show children between the ages of 6 and 11 account for the highest percentage of injuries.

Even legal fireworks can be dangerous. Something as simple as a fireworks sparkler burns at a temperature of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. All too often, such fireworks that are considered legal end up in the hands of young children who are unsupervised.

EFR encourages you to take a few precautions during this Fourth of July celebration:

  • Designate a sober, responsible adult to light fireworks. Do not let children light them.
  • Use fireworks only outdoors, away from anything that can burn such as trees, buildings, bark, dry fields or wood storage areas.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to place all used fireworks in before disposing.
  • Have a charged hose or extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
  • Light one device at a time, move away quickly and keep at a safe distance until the display is finished.
  • Duds can be dangerous do not relight a device that did not function or explode.
  •  Use only approved legal, common fireworks from reliable licensed retailers.
  • Help protect your pets by keeping them indoors.

Contact your local fire department for information about fireworks regulations in your area. The safest way to celebrate this year is to attend a fireworks display. Learn more about regulations within the boundaries of Eastside Fire & Rescue here.

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