July 1, 2020

Fireworks Safety: Don't Get Burned!

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The Fourth of July holiday is upon us and many will head out to catch a fireworks show  — and maybe even set off a few ourselves. It’s important to remember, however, that while spectacular to see up close, fireworks are explosives that can and will burn you if you’re not careful. More than 9,000 people are injured handling fireworks every year, according to the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission. Of those injured:

  • 36% are under the age of 15
  • 28% of all injuries are hand-related
  • 14% are injuries to the eyes
  • More than 44% of all injuries are burns

The safety of every Louisiana citizen is important to LWCC. Our Safety Services Team has compiled a list of safety tips, including:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Protect face and body during sparkler use. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees — hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that haven’t ignited fully.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • After fireworks have finished burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • If you suffer a burn or other injury, seek medical attention immediately.

See our full list of firework safety tips here, and share them with friends and family to help prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths.

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