The holiday weekend is just about here and we have a few things for you to think about before you celebrate. Particularly if your celebration includes fireworks.
A recent Consumer Product Safety Commission report says about 7,000 people go to the emergency room with fireworks related injuries at this time of year. Nearly half of those injuries are to people who are 20 years old or younger. The infographic below shows where most of the injuries occur on the body.
Before you think….”it’ll never happen to me”….just know that’s exactly what NFL star Jason Pierre-Paul thought on July 4th last year – moments before his life changed forever. Pierre-Paul is now sharing his story in the hopes of helping others.
If you still feel the need to light your own fireworks to celebrate the holiday weekend, the Arizona Republic listed some safety tips gathered from local fire departments.
- Never let a young child use fireworks; 16 is a good age because that’s the age you can buy them in the store, but adult supervision is still important.
- Use them outside on dirt or concrete, away from anything that is combustible. Keep them away from dry grasses or weeds and away from the house.
- Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby, just in case.
- Thoroughly soak fireworks with water before disposing in garbage bins.
- Don’t try to relight any fireworks that don’t work the first time. If they don’t work, put them in a bucket of water and wait 10 to 15 minutes before you remove them.
- Don’t modify any device or attempt to elevate the firework (i.e., place on a chair or ladder.). This is illegal.
- Make sure nobody is too close when you light the fireworks because sparks will fly off and can cause injuries.
- Don’t use any homemade or illegal fireworks.
- Do not take your pets with you to any outdoor activity where there will be a fireworks display.
- Leave your pets inside your home with the television or radio on to help cover noise from fireworks. Close the blinds so bright flashing lights do not further alarm your pets. Crate your pets if they are used to being in a crate.
Another concern, during the holiday weekend, is drinking and driving. With that in mind, the Arizona Department of Public Safety will be out in force conducting DUI patrols all weekend long.
So let’s keep it safe this weekend. It’s a time to celebrate with friends and family, but don’t let that celebration end in tragedy. Making sure Arizonans stay safe is critical to our long term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation! Now, go out and enjoy the holiday!