Did you know there were over 9,600 reported injuries as a result of fireworks misuse in 2011? The number fell to 8,700 injuries in 2012 and remained constant in 2013. (source) With the approaching Independence Day holiday, OneBeacon Government Risks wants you to have fun but also know how to keep your community safe. Therefore, we compiled a list fireworks safety and disposal tips along with an easy-to-read OBGR Fireworks Infographic just for you!
Tips for Safe Play:
- Always buy your fireworks from an authorized seller. Fireworks authorized for public use come with instructions and warning labels.
- Know the laws and ordinances in your neighborhood, county and state before igniting fireworks.
- Provide adult supervision to children. In 2011, 26% of the victims of a fireworks injury were under 15 years old.
- Do not light fireworks near dry grass or shrubs.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby.
- Do not re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Always store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Never point fireworks at others.
- Properly dispose your fireworks.
Disposing of fireworks:
- Immerse fireworks in water or spray with a water hose immediately after use.
- After saturating fireworks wrap in trash bags and dispose.
- Never put fireworks that have not been soaked in water in trash cans.
- If you have unused fireworks, remove the fuse to prevent ignition in the trash can.
- Contact your local fire department if you have questions.
Don’t forget to share this infographic and have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!
For more tips visit these websites:
- National Fire Protection Association
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)