Fireworks Safety

The majority of fireworks-related injuries are treated and released from the ER.  Burns are the most common injury to all parts of the body, except the eyes (where contusions, lacerations, and foreign bodies in the eyes occurred more frequently).  The parts of the body most often injured by fireworks are hands and fingers (46 percent); eyes (17 percent); head, face, and ears (17 percent); and legs (11 percent).

In 2012, U.S. emergency departments treated over 8,700 patients with fireworks-related injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Kids ages five to 14 are twice as likely to be injured by them as the general population. Shorter limbs and slower reaction times mean that children cannot put the needed distance between the explosive objects and their bodies. It's especially important to watch children around fireworks.

  • Fireworks Tips
      Firework Safety 
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      Make a minimum age rule - Never allow children under 12 years of age to light and handle fireworks. 

      Constantly supervise - Always supervise children when there are fireworks present. Even if kids have been warned, curiosity may win over caution and result in dangerous firework use. 

      Create a safe environment - Avoid wearing loose clothing, and clear flammable outdoor items such as dry grass, leaves and bushes from the space. 

      Keep extinguishers close - Always have a bucket of water nearby, and consider a fire extinguisher to be safe. Cover used fireworks with sand, if possible. 

      Maintain your distance - After lighting a firework, back several feet away. Do not attempt to hold a lit firework, or to re-light one that has failed to explode. 

      Leave to the professionals - Many wonderful large-scale fireworks displays, free and safe, will dot the skies around Georgia on the 4th. When at public displays, find a place to watch that is away from the path of falling debris.

  • Fireworks Alternatives

      To ensure you and your family have an enjoyable summer, here are some safe alternatives:

      -Glow sticks or glow necklaces
      -Noise makers
      -Paint or draw your own fireworks
      -Decorate foods with patriotic designs

      Source: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Safe Kids Georgia.


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