Coliseum Health System - July 01, 2016

Understandably so, July is National Fireworks Safety Month. July 4 is a wonderful holiday. It's full of fun... and usually fireworks! But - sometimes it's also full of danger! Here are some tips to keep your July 4th holiday memorable for all of the right reasons!

Stay Safe:

As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques across the country. Know the risks with fireworks and stay safe with these safety tips.

  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Always have an adult present.
  • Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers.
  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors.
  • Light only one at a time.
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Dispose of fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly.
  • Never throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

Firework Injuries: 17% eyes; 17% head, face, and ears; 4% arms; 46% hands and fingers; 11% legs.