Happy Fourth of July. Well, for most of us, it will be. It is a time to spend with family and friends to celebrate this wonderful Nation we call home. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July and time period around are often marked with an increased number of child injuries due to fireworks. Many such injuries can be prevented with the implemention of safety precautions in and around fireworks. Some child safety experts state that the best way to avoid injury from fireworks is the leave the fireworks show to the experts. In other words, attend an event in which the fireworks are ignited by professionals in a controlled setting. Unfortunately, even at these events, fireworks, at times, do not go off as planned and end up hurting members of the audience.
For those igniting fireworks at home or attending a block party or neighbor’s house with such fireworks, the Consumer Product Safety Commission as well as other organizations have tips to prevent fireworks related injuries to children including but not limited to the following:
1. Make sure that fireworks are legal in your community and county;