America is gearing up to celebrate the 4th of July. The team at FEMA released this guidance which we hereby share as we wish all in the United States a Happy 4th of July:
The Fourth of July means barbecues and fireworks. It may seem like harmless fun, but fireworks are explosives. Only professionals should handle them.
On average, 280 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the holiday. Follow these tips to prevent injury from fireworks:
- Leave the lighting to the professionals. Attend fireworks displays.
- Do not try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
- Keep sparklers away from children. They can burn at temperatures about 2,000 degrees. That is hot enough to melt some metals.
For more information on firework safety, check out the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Fireworks page.