This time of year, holidays and festivities are often celebrated with food, friends, family – and fireworks.
While many regions continue to see record setting temperatures, lighting fireworks adds to the potential for fire. In the United States, several regions have set burn bans into place. These restrictions prohibit the use of any type of pyrotechnic device in an effort to reduce the chance of wildfires. In 2010, the state of Texas alone experienced 462 fireworks-related fires and $378,724 in related property loss. Violating these local laws or bans on national land can impose a minimum fine of $300.
Not only does the holiday open the door for wildfires, but celebratory fireworks can also lead to burns, the most prevalent firework-related injury. In the United States, more than 8,600 people were treated for firework-related injuries in 2010. Children under the age of 15 accounted for almost half of these injuries.
While celebrating this year, make sure to follow the firework safety tips below:
- Light one firework at a time
- Only use fireworks outdoors
- Have adult supervision
- Never relight “dud” fireworks
- Keep spectators at a distance
- Ensure you are wearing protective goggles
- Have a water source readily available