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  • Wendi Gwaltney, RN

Firework Safety

Imagine a beautiful sunny day surrounded by family and friends—celebrating our country's freedom. What better way to end a perfect day than with a magnificent fireworks display?

It's important to know that fireworks can lead to serious legal consequences. They are illegal in every state, and even in states with fireworks that are legal for consumers, not all fireworks may be legal. For instance, in North Carolina, pyrotechnics are illegal except for permitted displays by professionals. It's crucial to understand that fireworks are pyrotechnics if they launch into the air.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC) , a shocking twenty-five percent of emergency room visits in July are a result of fireworks accidents, with fifty percent of pediatric visits being attributed to fireworks. This is not all; fireworks also cause a staggering 19,000 fires annually. It's crucial to remember that most of these incidents are caused by amateurs.

Adults should handle legal fireworks. Never hold fireworks while lighting them. If fireworks do not work, do not try to make it work. Malfunctions or duds do occur, and they can be dangerous.

It's crucial to note that children should never hold sparklers. These seemingly harmless items burn at a scorching 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, posing a significant risk to their safety.

Have a hose or bucket of water easily accessible for any fireworks displays at home. When the night is over, soak the remnants of the fireworks in water before disposing of them.

While the idea of hosting your own fireworks display may be tempting, it's vital to prioritize safety. We strongly advise against it and encourage you to leave the fireworks to the professionals. This not only ensures your safety but also enhances the enjoyment of the event. 


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