Fireworks Safety: How to Keep It Fun and Avoid Injury
by Mary Calvagna, MS
New Year's Eve or Independence Day can be a fun family event—an exciting time to celebrate and enjoy the summer with family and friends. And fireworks are usually a part of the celebration. Every year however, children and adults suffer injuries from fireworks, especially eye injuries and burns.
If you choose to use fireworks at your next event, follow these safety tips:
Special Note About Sparklers
Sparklers are also very popular during fireworks celebrations. Unfortunately, these small hand-held fireworks also causes injuries, especially in young children. The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends that only older children over the age 12 years be allowed to use sparklers. The organization also recommends these tips:
National Council on Fireworks Safety
United States Consumer Products Safety Commission
Canada Safety Council
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Fireworks publication #12. US Consumer Product and Safety Commission website. Available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/121339/012.pdf . Updated June 2013. Accessed October 4, 2013.
July 4th fireworks safety starts with common sense tips. The National Council on Fireworks Safety website. Available at: http://fireworkssafety.org/?p=41 . Accessed October 4, 2013.
Sparklers are safe when used safely. Available at: The National Council on Fireworks Safety website. http://fireworkssa... . Accessed October 4, 2013.
Last reviewed October 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 10/4/2013
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