Each July, our country unites in the celebration of our Independence Day. Our tradition of fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday is exciting, but can also pose serious risks.
The National Safety Council advises everyone to stay away from all consumer fireworks and to only enjoy fireworks at a public display conducted by professionals, but if you choose to celebrate at home or work, remember that fireworks can cause serious burn and eye injuries if not used with extreme care. Start with the basic rules below to help prevent injuries.
Fireworks Safety Checklist:
- Light fireworks only one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never place any part of your body directly over fireworks when lighting the fuse.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
Additionally, OSHA warns employers who have fireworks displays for their employees of the dangers. Some important tips to follow are below.
OSHA’s Display Checklist
- Verify fire service and EMS units are available and ready to respond.
- Establish good communications between crew, event sponsor, AHJ, and fire service/EMS units.
- Maintain crowd control, utilizing monitors and/or barriers.
- Use all required personal protective equipment especially protection for head, eye, hearing, and foot.
- Wear long-sleeved and long-legged clothing made of cotton, wool or similar flame-resistant cloth.
- Avoid placing any portion of your body over mortars when manually igniting them.
- Monitor weather and crowd conditions to maintain safety.
- Comply with directions given by the AHJ, spotter(s), or fire/EMS units.
- Use only flashlights or other nonincendive lighting in firing and ready box areas.
Priority Staffing Group wishes everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July!