Fireworks Safety Tips for Apartment Properties [Infographic]
Updated on July 2, 2014, with updated data and info graphic from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks on the 4th of July can also bring pain, causing serious burns and eye injuries.
Between June 21, 2013, and July 21, 2013, more than 7,400 consumers were treated in hospital emergency rooms due to fireworks-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) annual report of deaths and injuries involving legal and illegal fireworks for calendar year 2013. Sixty five percent of all fireworks injuries occur during the 30 days surrounding the 4th of July holiday.
More than half of these reported injuries involved burns to the hands, head and face. About 2,600 reported injuries involved sparklers and bottle rockets, fireworks that are frequently and incorrectly considered safe for young children.
Keeping Apartment Properties Safe for the 4th of July
Whether or not you allow legal fireworks at your apartment communities or you personally choose to host your own firework display rather than attending a public display, here are some important safety tips to help ensure your personal and resident’s safety:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities–especially in apartment communities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.