The Fourth of July is one of the best times of the year. Friends and family gather to eat, have fun, and shoot off a lot of fireworks. Also, you don't have to go to school! As amazing as fireworks look, you need to remember that they are explosions of fire and gas, something that can be a deadly combination.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a fireworks show. Trained professionals put on a great show and they also provide a safer environment in which to watch some amazing things happen. Every year, there are many people sent to the hospital for fireworks-related injuries. Of these people, nearly half are kids under the age of 15.
The dangers of fireworks are very real - you can lose a finger, hand, arm, or even an eye. If you really want to shoot off fireworks, here are some safety tips:
- Let the adults light fireworks.
- Always light fireworks outside. Never use them indoors.
- Always keep a hose or a bucket of water close by in case of emergency.
- Light one firework at a time. Leave the fancy stuff to the professionals.
- If a firework has gone off or is temporarily unlit, stay away from it.
Even sparklers, often considered "kid" fireworks, can be dangerous. These fireworks can get as hot as 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit - which is hot enough to melt gold!
Fireworks are serious business, but if the right safety measures are followed, fireworks are also serious fun!