Simple Tips For Fireworks Safety This Summer

We have some tips to help you safely enjoy sparkling festivities on Independence Day.

Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are part of the excitement of the Fourth of July holiday. Cities and neighborhoods light up the night sky with breathtaking fireworks displays. Families pack fireworks along with weekend supplies for their holiday cabin retreats. By following a few fireworks safety guidelines, you can enjoy an injury-free Independence Day.

At Summit Orthopedics, we want your holiday celebrations to send you to Facebook with festive posts—and not to one of our OrthoQUICK clinics with a firework-related injury. Every year, emergency rooms treat more than 10,000 people for injuries caused by fireworks. We are sharing fireworks safety tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to help you enjoy the explosive portion of your holiday in safety.

Obey the law when purchasing and using fireworks.

Check with your local police department to make sure fireworks are legal in your area. Find out if there is a burn ban in effect for fire hazard conditions. Never buy illegal fireworks.

Follow fireworks safety precautions when lighting fireworks.

When lighting fireworks, wear safety glasses. Have a hose or bucket of water on hand in case of a fire. Never try to relight a firework, and soak used fireworks in water.

Keep fireworks responsibilities in the hands of adults.

Only adults should light fireworks. It goes without saying that fireworks and alcohol or drugs are a dangerous combination. Young children are fascinated by the glowing bright colors, but fireworks are not toys. Remember that even sparklers can reach temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees.

Seek immediate treatment for injuries.

If someone in your family is injured during your holiday festivities, seek immediate medical treatment. The orthopedic experts in our Summit OrthoQUICK clinics welcome walk-in patients. Wait times are short, and care is always warm and friendly. Our clinics are open between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to provide your family with timely access to skilled orthopedic treatment.

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