Fireworks Safety Tips
Fireworks and the Fourth of July holiday go hand in hand. Unfortunately, so do fireworks and injuries. The physicians at the Paul Silverstein Burn Center at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, in Oklahoma City, recommend that families forgo the temptation to light their own fireworks and attend a professional display.
For individuals that choose to set off their own legal fireworks, the physicians encourage them to follow some simple safety tips to avoid injuries. Fireworks are for outdoor use only. Keep them outside. Sobriety is a critical component for firework safety. If planning to use fireworks, stay sober and always wear protective glasses. Keeping a bucket of water nearby is also a good idea.
Every firework package features a warning label and instructions. Make sure to read them thoroughly and light each firework one at a time on a smooth, flat surface away from the home, dry leaves or flammable material. Small children should never handle fireworks, even sparklers, which are designed for ages 12 and up. Follow common sense when it comes to lighting fireworks. Never shoot them in a metal or glass container, never relight a dud and don’t point them in the direction of another person. When disposing of fireworks, soak them in water before putting them in the trash.
Source: INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, located at 3300 NW Expwy. OKC. For more information, visit IntegrisOK.com.