We know most of you are going to be celebrating this Fourth of July and a fireworks show or two will likely be on the agenda. But if you use these devices improperly, you could wind up with some serious injuries. Burns and fatalities result every year because of fireworks injuries in Alabama and elsewhere.
Alabama fireworks accidents are an all too common occurrence around Independence Day. Our Montgomery injury attorneys understand that children are at some of the highest risks for these kinds of accidents. And that's why officials from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) recommend that parents protect children from injury by preventing them from using fireworks.
According to SAFE KIDS, there are roughly 5,000 children under the age of 15 who are treated in an emergency room every year because of a firework-related injury. Nearly 70 percent of these injuries occur during the month surrounding the Fourth of July holiday.
Your safest way to enjoy fireworks during this holiday is to attend a public and sanctioned firework event. When you don't want to do that, and you want to celebrate at your home, it's important that you're as safe as you can to prevent any tragedies. After choosing safe and legal fireworks to shoot off yourself, make sure you follow these safety tips to help to avoid an accident:
-Don't let children play with or light any kind of firework.
-Make sure that you look over the instructions and the warnings on all fireworks before use.
-Talk with children about the safety procedures needed to avoid an accident.
-Drinking and fireworks don't mix. Make sure that you always have a designated shooter.
-Always ignite one device at a time.
-Look out for tree branches or bushes that could catch fire.
-Never attempt to re-light, alter or fix any "dud" fireworks. If a firework does not work, return it to your dealer for replacement.
-Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
-Be cautious when lighting fireworks when it is windy.
-Sparklers should be immersed in sand once they appear out - they are still very hot and can burn.
-Don't allow children under the age of 12 to handle sparklers.
-Make sure that everyone has cleared the area before attempting to light a firework.
-Once you've lit a firework, clear the area.
-Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves and flammable materials.
-Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
-Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don't burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
Remember that the top injuries resulting from fireworks are burns, bruises, cuts, scratches and vision and hearing loss. Help to reduce your family's risks for these kinds of accidents by attending safe firework shows over this Fourth of July.
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