We love fireworks because they’re loud, spectacular displays of fire in the sky. Even the simplest fireworks festival can elicit gasps from kids and grownups alike. Most of us have memories of summer nights with sparklers or firecrackers. Home fireworks have become a summertime and Fourth of July tradition.
But so too have summertime burns and injuries in hospitals across the U.S. – so much so that there are movements to ban home fireworks altogether or, at the very least, to keep most of them out of the hands of anyone who is not a professional pyrotechnics expert.
Home fireworks can burn the skin and eyes, causing permanent damage. Even sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit. The sparks are easily transferred to hair, clothing, or any nearby flammables or wicks. There are all sorts of fireworks available on the market today, many of which are illegal in certain areas. It’s always a good idea to double-check local laws to see if home fireworks are legal and which are so.
This week, we be sharing some tips on staying safe during the Fourth of July holiday. We’ll also share some scary statistics and video from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.