Fourth of July wouldn’t be the same for most families without fireworks.
Author: Jessica Drosos
Every year, however, thousands of people end up in emergency rooms and hospitals with firework-related injuries. Children, in particular, are prone to burns, as sparklers can burn at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s always best to leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. If you plan on purchasing your own fireworks while RVing this July, follow these safety tips to avoid a trip to the ER.
Check the Laws Where You Are
Due to the dangerous nature of fireworks and the risk of forest fires, many states and cities impose laws restricting civilian use of fireworks. Check the laws where you’ll be RVing this Independence Day to make sure you avoid legal trouble. Municipal firework laws are in place for everyone’s safety. Obey the laws in the state, city, and campsite where you’re spending the holiday. Nobody wants a neighbor that doesn’t follow the rules. If you can use fireworks, buy a type that is safe for civilians, not those used only in professional displays.
Never Give Children Fireworks
Parents don’t realize that giving children sparklers is just as dangerous as many “exploding” types of fireworks. Sparklers burn at a degree that’s hot enough to melt metal. Children don’t know how to keep their hands, arms, and faces safe from sparklers, and may not understand the risk at all. This could lead to serious burn injuries and permanent scars. Don’t give children any type of firework. Instead, use glow sticks, party poppers, and silly string to make the occasion fun yet safe.
Don’t Lose Your Pets
Pets, especially dogs, are known to take off in fear at the sound of a firework. If you’re camping with Fido, or you’re in a dog-friendly campsite with other neighbors, take your fireworks elsewhere to set them off. Otherwise, pets could break loose and take off into the woods or into the street. Again, make sure it’s okay to use loud fireworks where you’re camping. Many campsites are in fire-prone areas and will have bans on most types of fireworks.
Never Relight a Dud Firework
If a firework doesn’t go off correctly after lighting, safely dispose of it. Never try to pick up or relight a dud firework. It could contain a defect that causes the firework to explode or otherwise act unpredictably. Wait to make sure the firework is truly a dud before approaching. Otherwise, it could unexpectedly fire right when you’re reaching down to pick it up. Douse all dud and used fireworks in water before discarding them in the trash can.
Don’t Hold Fireworks in Your Hand
Lost fingers are common serious injuries on the 4th of July holiday. Adults, teens, and children holding dangerous fireworks in their fists while lighting them can lead to explosions and traumatic amputations, as well as severe burn injuries. Always place fireworks as directed in a safe location on the ground. Do not hover any part of your body over the firework while lighting. Do not shoot them off in glass or metal containers. Back away to a safe distance immediately after igniting a firework. Never hold fireworks in your hands or point them at other people. Make sure a responsible sober adult supervises firework activities.