There is no doubt that this 4th of July looks very different from previous years. COVID-19 has caused many community firework displays to be cancelled, leaving many experts to believe that many families will opt to put on their own shows.
If you decide to put on your own firework display, it is important to keep in mind that fireworks are dangerous for both adults and kids when not handled properly. On average, 250 people arrive to the emergency room each day due to fireworks-related injuries around the holiday.
Safely Handling Fireworks
Did you know that sparklers could heat up to 2,000 degrees? That is hot enough to melt some metals. So, it is all the more important to teach and promote safe use of fireworks:
- Do not mix alcohol and fireworks.
- Have a designated operator for the fireworks who has read the directions and caution labels prior to use. Ensure the operator wears eye protection.
- Closely supervise teens
- Do not allow children to use fireworks. Provide a glowstick, which is an entertaining, but a safe alternative.
- Only use fireworks outdoors. Always have water ready to extinguish upon emergency. Do not shoot fireworks off from a metal or glass container.
- Neverattempt to relight a ‘dud’ firework. Let it cool for at least 20 minutes, then place in a bucket of water.
- Used fireworks should be soaked in a bucket of water and stored outdoors safely away from the home, garage, porch or any flammable structure. They should then be disposed of in a metal trash container.
- Always obey local laws. Only use legal, consumer-grade fireworks. If they are illegal in your area – do not use them!
Avoid Large Gatherings Due to COVID-19
COVID-19 has altered many plans, and of course, firework displays to be cancelled to avoid large group gatherings. Though some shows are still on, it is important to be very careful when it comes to social distancing.
A safer alternative is to look to see if there are virtual shows located near you so that you can enjoy the firework display safely from your own home.
July 4th can still be an exciting holiday in 2020 – it just may look different. We can still enjoy the activities we love – we just need to do it safely and responsibly.