With Jacksonville about to celebrate July 4th I though this would be a good opportunity to talk about fireworks safety. Last year 40% of those involved in fireworks accidents were under age 15. 23% were under the age of 5.
The safest thing to do is to not light any fireworks at home. Go to a public display or watch it on television. If you do use them at home keep these safety tips in mind:
- Children should never play with fireworks. Even sprinklers can reach 1,800 degrees.
- Never try to make your own fireworks and buy only legal fireworks.
- Never hold fireworks in your hand.
- Never, ever relight a dud.
- Don’t pick up pieces of fireworks after they have exploded. Some may still be lit.
- Soak all fireworks in a bucket before putting them in the trash.
Even if you are at a public display I recommend you stay as far back as possible. I worked on a fireworks accident case where a teenage girl was injured when a professional fireworks company allowed spectators to get too close to the fireworks. As a result the girl suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her legs.