Fireworks safety is vital even with more rain
By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor
Now that we are hearing the pop, pop, pop of firecrackers, it’s never wasted time to review some safety tips with both kids and adults. Even though we’ve had some plentiful rains, responsibility with fireworks can’t ever be taken lightly.
Although some people think statistics are boring, here are some that we should all take to heart.
According to fireworksafety.com, malfunction and careless use of fireworks are a factor in nearly 10,000 injuries EVERY year. And, with July just around the corner, it’s important to know that month has 65 percent of all fireworks-related injuries. More than half of them are to fingers, hands and eyes, some pretty important parts of the body!
The biggest culprits to bodily injury include bottle rockets, Roman candles, fountains, sparklers and the smaller firecrackers.
Here are some safety tips provided by the website that we all should review with our loved ones.
1. Never use fireworks in your home. Always set them off outside on a driveway or sidewalk.
2. Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
3. Always have water handy (A hose or bucket).
4. Be aware of other people around you and make sure they are out of range of the firework you are using.
5. Never point or shoot fireworks at another person.
6. Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
7. Do not try to re-ignite a “dud” as it could explode near your hands or face.
8. Only light one at a time.
9. Do not try to make your own fireworks.
10. NEVER drink and use fireworks at the same time.
Fireworks safety is the responsibility of all of us. Review these safety measures with your kids and, we adults, need to provide a good example when around fireworks, too.