Friday, July 03, 2015
Don't blow off a finger--OK?
Even so-called "safe ones," such as sparklers, can be 2000 degrees F.
In 2014, more than ten thousand people turned up in ERs with fireworks injuries. Most of t these were around July 4, of course.
Keep these away from kids--even if you supervise--more than half of kids injured were being supervised. Dad--hear that?
Some safety tips:
--Observe all local laws.
--Never allow kids to play with or light fireworks--even sparklers
--Older children should be closely supervised
--Buy from reliable sellers
--If packaged in brown paper--they may be for public use and thus filled with lots of whallop
--Read and follow labels (again, Dad)
--Be sure everyone is out of range before lighting
--Light fireworks on smooth dry surfaces--never around dried grass or leaves
--NEVER relight duds that did not go off!
--Light one at a time
--Dispose of by soaking in water 15 mins after firing and then put in trash
--Never light fireworks in a glass or metal container
--Never point fireworks at someone, even in fun
--Don't carry fireworks in your pocket
--Whoever lights the fireworks should wear ear and eye protection
--Use long matches, not cigarettes or lighters
--Never shorten or lengthen a fuse
We used to wave sparklers around. I loved those curling black snake things...but they were hot, too.
My father also had a little cannon his dad had brought back from the Spanish-Am War. He set it off on the Fourth. The police always showed up. But then they started helping.
A different time, no doubt. But wouldn't you rather eat ice cream than sit in an ER?