Friday, June 25, 2010

Make this Fourth of July Fun and Safe! (Part 3)

Firework Fun
If shiny things and loud noises are right up your alley, then you’re in luck because the Fourth of July is best known for its firework displays. However, fireworks aren’t all fun and games, and can in fact be quite dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, approximately 9,000 fireworks injuries resulting in emergency room treatment occur every year. Don’t become a statistic by following these tips:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.

  • Keep a supply of water close-by as a precaution.

  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.

  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."

  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

  • Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.

  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.
For more safety tips or to register for a water safety, first aid or CPR/AED course, visit The American Red Cross wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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