The Fourth of July is just around the corner. Some may enjoy online fireworks displays, while others may attend outdoor shows where social distancing is enforced.
As we all know, fireworks can be very dangerous and can cause severe injuries when improperly used. Many communities have banned fireworks for these very reasons. With the extreme dry weather, grass fires, plantings around houses and roof damage may occur. Here are a few suggestions for a safe holiday gathering:
- Treat all fireworks as suitable only for use by trained professionals.
- Avoid sparklers. They can burn up to 1,800 degrees or hotter.
- If you get something in your eye from a fireworks explosion, do not rub or rinse your eye. Report to an emergency room immediately.
- If an injury does occur, remain calm. If your clothing catches on fire, stop, drop and roll.
- If you see kids playing with fireworks or doing an unsafe act, tell someone who can intervene, such as a firefighter.
- While attending a fireworks show, stay the recommended distance away from the shooting area.
- If you find fireworks, do not touch them but direct firefighters or emergency personnel to them.
Please have a safe and happy holiday.
Chuck Kuhn is the Fermilab Fire Department chief. Steve Hernandez is a lieutenant in the Fermilab Fire Department.