In Fireworks Safety Month throughout June authorities like the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reiterate safety measures when fireworks are set off. Summer months in the U.S. are filled with the festivities of summer vacations and Fourth of July celebrations. Backyards and lawns are rife with barbeque sessions as people indulge in music, game nights, and general merriment. But many celebrations in America are incomplete without fireworks. From fireworks that burst into intricate design spectacles to the ones that simply bloom across the dark sky canvas, you can find all sorts being sold around the country this time of the year. However, it is also to be noted that fireworks safety is a matter often taken lightly. Most fireworks injuries are reported between June 16 to July 16. Many of these injuries could have been prevented had safety measures been applied.
History of Fireworks Safety Month
Fireworks Safety Month in June aims to spread information about the hazards associated with using fireworks unsafely. As the summer months roll around each year, firework sales skyrocket. People buy them for use at get-togethers, parties, barbeques, and so forth. Fireworks, therefore, have become synonymous with American culture and traditions. With that being said, they still pose quite a few dangers, some of which can result in severe injuries or even death. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year 10,000 people are injured due to fireworks. In 2017 alone, 12,900 individuals were injured, with eight people dying. About 50% of all reported injuries are of children and young adults under 20. Out of this, 45% of the affected children are under the age of 14. Incorrect usage as well as amateurs attempting to use professional-grade or illegal fireworks have also accounted for over 1,000 injuries. Fireworks used in unauthorized areas also lead to the destruction of land and properties.
To prevent your celebrations from turning into tragedies, take note of the necessary fireworks safety measures. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the fire departments release instructions on fireworks safety rules. Always buy and use legal fireworks that are safe for you to operate. Never allow kids to set off fireworks themselves. Ensure that teenagers using fireworks equipment are accompanied by an adult and that they are following all precautions. Maintain a safe distance and/or keep away from the fire-off point of a firework. Do not rub or put pressure on any injuries or give any painkillers; instead, take the victim to the ER immediately.
Fireworks Safety Month timeline
Historians believe that the first fireworks come from China where people would throw bamboo sticks into a fire to hear them explode with a crack.
A Chinese alchemist is credited with creating the first man-made fireworks when he poured a mixture of gunpowder (potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur) into a hollow bamboo stick.
Fireworks arrive in Europe during the 13th century and, soon, they are used for religious festivals and public entertainment.
On the first Fourth of July celebrations, only orange-colored fireworks are used.
Fireworks Safety Month FAQs
What is fireworks safety?
Fireworks safety entails practicing safety precautions to avoid any kind of injuries such as keeping a safe distance from active fireworks, keeping water sources at hand, lighting fireworks one at a time, and so forth.
What safety precautions should be followed when lighting fireworks?
Always buy legal fireworks. Do not allow children to ignite fireworks by themselves. Guide teenagers properly when they are using fireworks. Do not use fireworks in areas that are grassy or have other fire-prone items. Do not aim your fireworks at other people or animals, and always keep away from the firing point.
How many fireworks injuries were reported on the Fourth of July?
Most of the fireworks injuries happen from June 16 to July 16, and many of them are related to July Fourth celebrations. In 2019, approximately 900 injuries from sparklers, 400 from bottle rockets, and 800 from firecrackers were reported.
How To Observe Fireworks Safety Month
Learn about fireworks safety methods and instructions. Once you have a solid understanding of the safety precautions, you can enjoy the festivities to the fullest without any worries.
Prevent others from doing dangerous stuff
Speak up and step in if you see others indulging in fireworks activities that can be dangerous. Use your safety knowledge to let them know why a certain misstep can result in a lifelong tragedy.
Make sure you are prepared
It is essential that when tragedy does strike, you are of sound mind to remember all safety plans. Make a safety plan by keeping water sources close by. Chart your escape routes, and memorize emergency numbers.
5 Facts About Fireworks That Will Blow Your Mind
First fireworks used at an English wedding
England’s first recorded usage of fireworks is attributed to the wedding of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York in the 15th century.
Queen’s Fire Master Appointment
Queen Elizabeth I loved fireworks so much that she created a special position of a ‘Fire Master’ at her court.
Almost a million fireworks on New Year
The Philippines holds the record for the longest fireworks display of one hour and one minute during the New Year’s celebrations of 2016.
Pretty fireworks from Italy
The Italians are credited with creating a beautiful fireworks display when they added aerial shells and metallic powders to give shapes and colors to the explosives.
Sparklers are HOT
Sparklers burn at a temperature that is 15 times higher than water’s boiling point.
Why We Love Fireworks Safety Month
It’s a reminder of safety
Better safe than sorry. This phrase could not hold any truer than in Fireworks Safety Month. Practice using fireworks safely at all times, especially when lighting them. Any amount of carelessness can result in a lifetime of regrets.
It’s a celebration of our protectors
The fire and health departments work around the clock to provide us with a life of comfort and safety. Let’s show our respect for them by practicing safety during our celebrations. Pay heed to the safety instructions given out by the relevant safety department to enjoy fireworks to the fullest.
It’s a celebration of life
Americans are known for their grand ways of celebrating life on all occasions and fireworks are just one of the celebratory staple items. Go all out in enjoying any celebrations, but practice the necessary safety precautions while doing it.
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