(KSLA) - Fireworks on the Fourth of July are synonymous with summer fun and celebrating Independence Day, but unsafe use of fireworks can cause serious injuries resulting emergency room treatment, permanent scarring, loss of vision, dismemberment, severe burns, lifelong disfigurement or even death.
The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays put on by professionals who know how to safely handle fireworks.
If you plan to use fireworks, make sure you do so legally.
- NEVER discharge fireworks indoors
- NEVER allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
- ALWAYS supervise children around fireworks
- ALWAYS have water handy (a garden hose or bucket)
- NEVER pick up or try to re-ignite a dud
- ALWAYS read the warning labels and follow directions for igniting
- NEVER hold a firework in your hand to ignite it
- NEVER place an ignited firework on any part of your body
- NEVER point or throw fireworks at another person
Some additional tips, courtesy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.