It’s all about a good time as we celebrate Independence Day and the incredible freedoms we enjoy as residents and citizens of the United States. All over the country, people gather for fun family music and spectacular fireworks displays. The festivities continue at home where families grill out, lounge at the pool and have a little at-home fireworks fun.
Although more people are becoming fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Wake County, it is still likely that many people are understandably uneasy around large crowds. We anticipate many people will be choosing backyard gatherings over large-scale fireworks displays again this year.
While backyard fireworks may seem like all fun and games, hazards abound. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and injuries each year. According to a 2019 report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved with an estimated 10,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments.
Here are a few simple tips to help keep you and your family safe:
Fireworks Safety Tips
What You Should Do…
#1 – Always supervise children around fireworks.
#2 – Keep pets indoors.
What You Should Avoid…
#3 – Don’t ever give sparklers to children under the age of five. Sparklers can reach a temperature of 1200 degrees! If not used safely, they can and do lead to severe burns.
#4 – Don’t ever drink alcohol before or while setting off fireworks.
#5 – Don’t ever approach or go near a firework that has already been lit.
#6 – Don’t ever transport fireworks illegally (ex: public transportation).
#7 – Don’t ever use consumer fireworks.
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