Fireworks are a traditional part of many Fourth of July celebrations. And, with our nation’s birthday approaching, we encourage Arkansas residents to be mindful of firework safety.
You may have noticed firework stands across town set up ready to sell some grand fireworks. State law allows vendors to sell fireworks from June 20 and until July 10 and these are where most at-home show producers get their fireworks.
In 2016 alone, there were 11,000 firework-related injuries. And of those injuries, four people were killed. It is important to keep in mind safety precautions that can minimize your risk of being injured by fireworks.
Always supervise children during the use of fireworks, even if they are just sparklers. Because even sparklers can reach a temperature of over 2,000 degrees.
Here are some tips to stay safe during this Independence Day:
- Only use fireworks outdoors in a clear area.
- Read and follow all warnings and instructions
- Do not ever hold a firework in your hands
- Do not stand directly over a firework when you light it
- If a firework does not go off, do not try to go over to relight it right away
Also, consider securing pets during local fireworks displays as many get scared of the loud noises and may try to find a way to get away and seek shelter.
Instead of celebrating with your own fireworks on Wednesday, go to one of the amazing firework shows put on by professionals in your local community!
Have fun and be safe this Fourth of July!
Caddell Reynolds. Make the right call!