American traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season, especially the Fourth of July.
Fireworks can, however, turn a joyful holiday into a painful memory when children or adults are injured while incorrectly using fireworks.
It is estimated that over 10.500 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms in 2014 for injuries associated with fireworks.
51% of those injuries were to the extremities, and 38% were to the head.
The risk of injury is highest for young people 5-9, followed y age group 10-19.
To reduce the risk of injury from fireworks, use them with caution and follow some basic safety rules:
1. Read and follow all instructions and warnings.
2. Sparklers, considered by many to be safe, burn at very high temperatures, can easily ignite clothing, and stay hot long after burning out. They can be as dangerous to children as lighters and matches. Be sure to collect all burned out sparkler wires for proper disposal.
3. Only older children should be allowed to use fireworks under close supervision. Younger children should not be allowed to play with fireworks.
4. Never allow running or horseplay when using fireworks.
5. Use lighters with a child resistant feature. Keep matches and lighters away from smaller children.
6. Light fireworks outdoors, one at a time. Light them on a clear, smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry vegetation, or flammable materials.
7. Keep water nearby for emergencies.
8. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
9. Be sure other people and pets are out of range before igniting fireworks.
10. Never experiment with fireworks or ignite them in a glass or metal container.
11. Never try to make your own fireworks.
12. Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
13. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place, away from sources of ignition, and out of reach of children.
Be aware of what fireworks are allowed in your area, and rules for their possession and use. In the City of Butler,
The Butler Fire Department and City of Butler Emergency Management Agency would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day. Please use common sense by following basic safety rules.