Title: Fireworks: Make Your Fourth of July Happy and Safe
1 FireworksMake Your Fourth of July Happy and Safe Fireworks picnics parades and celebrations go together especially during the Fourth of July. Fireworks are thrilling and beautiful and dangerous. Heres how to keep your loved ones from getting burned or blinded. 2 FireworksGeneral Safety Tips
Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks
Read and follow all warnings and instructions
Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
Only light fireworks on a smooth flat surface away from the house dry leaves and flammable materials.
3 FireworksGeneral Safety Tips cont.
Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
Keep a bucket of water in case of a malfunction or fire.
Fireworks should be used only with extreme caution. Older children should be closely supervised and younger children should not be allowed to play with fireworks.
4 Fireworks SafetyMishaps Data
Although most fireworks can be relatively safe with proper and careful usage some fireworks such as illegal fireworks present substantial risks that can result in deaths blindings amputations and severe burns.
On In 2006 eleven people died and an estimated 9200 were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries in the United States.
5 Fireworks SafetyMishaps Data cont.
An estimated 5 of fireworks-related injuries treated in emergency departments required hospitalization.
More than two-thirds of all fireworks-related injuries in 2006 occurred between June 16 and July 16. Of these one out of every three people injured were children under 15 years of age. About three times as many males were injured as females. Young people under twenty sustained nearly half (47) of all injuries from fireworks.
People actively participating in fireworks-related activities are more frequently and severely injured than bystanders.
6 Fireworks SafetyWhats Illegal
The Federal Hazardous Substances Act prohibits the sale of the most dangerous types of fireworks to consumers including
large reloadable mortar shells
larger firecrackers containing more than two grains of powder
mail-order kits designed to build these fireworks
All fireworks must carry a warning label describing necessary safety precautions and instructions for safe use. 7 Fireworks SafetyPlanning Your Own Show Before using fireworks make sure they are permitted in your state or local area. Attending a professional display is the safest way to go. Many states and local governments prohibit or limit consumer fireworks formerly known as class C fireworks which are the common fireworks and firecrackers sold for consumer use. Consumer fireworks include shells and mortars multiple tube devices Roman Candles rockets sparklers firecrackers with no more than 50 milligrams of powder and novelty items such as snakes and airplanes. 8 Fireworks SafetyState Laws 33 States Allow Some Or All Types Of Consumer Fireworks (formerly known as Class C fireworks) Alabama Alaska Arkansas California Colorado Florida Hawaii Idaho Ind iana Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Michigan Missis sippi Missouri Montana Nebraska New Hampshire New Mexico North Carolina North Dakota Oklahoma Oregon South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Virginia Washing ton West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming District of Columbia 9 Fireworks SafetyState Laws cont. Nevada Has No Fireworks Laws Except at County Level (CPSC regulations still apply) 7 States Allow Only Sparklers and/or Other Novelties Connecticut Illinois Iowa Maine Ma ryland Ohio Pennsylvania 9 States That Ban All Consumer Fireworks (Including Those Allowed By CPSC Regulations) Arizona Delaware Georgia Massachusetts Minnesota New Jersey New York Rhode Island Vermont
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