Jun 24, 2014
BRMC Trauma Services offers fireworks safety tips
June is National Safety Month, and itand#39;s nearly time for those annual
celebrations involving fireworks! The National Council on Fireworks Safety
offers these common sense safety tips for using consumer fireworks in
the hopes that injuries to consumers can be greatly reduced this season:
- Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are
- Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
- Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
- Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
- Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting.
- Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
- Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
- Never relight a andldquo;dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak
it in a bucket of water.
- Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
- Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives. They can kill you!
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or
Did you know that sparklers burn at 1,200-1,800 degrees Fahrenheit? Please note these special safety tips if using sparklers:
- Always remain standing while using sparklers.
- Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
- Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
- Never throw sparklers.
- Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be
sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.
- Teach children not to wave sparklers or run while holding sparklers.
For more information, call (870) 508-1151. BRMC Trauma Services encourages
you to enjoy the fireworks at one of the local professional firework displays
and wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!