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Have a Blast This 4th of July: Safety Tips & More - WakeMed

By Staff, 07/02/18, 9:15AM EDT

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This week, WakeMed is helping our student-athletes and families stay safe this 4th of July! Did you know that emergency departments in the United States treat approximately 7,000 patients for injuries caused by fireworks? Thanks to WakeMed and the National Fire Protection Association we are sharing 10 Tips for Safety Around Fireworks.  


10 Tips for Safety Around Fireworks


The AAP continues to urge families NOT to buy fireworks for personal use. Keeping that in mind, the following are some safety tips to follow if you or your children are around fireworks.

  1. Never give fireworks to children.
  2. Always have a bucket of water and a charged water hose nearby.
  3. Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  4. Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
  5. Never bring pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
  6. If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  7. A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.
  8. Never consume alcohol before or while setting off fireworks.
  9. Know your fireworks. Read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  10. Dispose of fireworks by wetting them down. Place spent fireworks in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

[source: National Council on Fireworks Safety]

Fireworks Facts

  • Sparklers burn at more than 1,000°F and account for 10 percent of fireworks-related injuries.
  • In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires.
  • In 2014, U.S. hospital emergency rooms saw an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks-related injuries.
  • Of all the types of fireworks, sparklers cause the most injuries.

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