As we head into New Years holiday we once again have to deal with the use of fireworks. Prevent Blindness warns that there is no safe way for nonprofessionals to use fireworks. The safest way to enjoy the splendor and excitement of fireworks is at a professional display. With that being said, we know that people will still use fireworks. All we can ask is that you use common sense and be safe. Here are some facts to ponder:

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks are involved in thousands of injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms each year. Most fireworks injuries occur during the  period surrounding the end of December and first of July.

Again, you shouldn’t use fireworks but if you must, here are some firework safety tips that’ll make your new years firework events safe and enjoyable.

  1. Make sure an adult lights sparklers or other fireworks for children. Matches and lighters are dangerous for children to use and should be kept out of reach.
  2. Make sure there is adult supervision when sparklers are being used or fireworks are being watched.
  3. Sparklers burn at a temperature of up to 2,000 degrees; hot enough to melt glass! When children are using sparklers, make sure they hold it at the end and out in front of them to avoid getting burned. If children are too young to hold a sparkler, let them hold glow sticks instead! They are just as fun and can keep little hands from getting burned.
  4. Never throw a sparkler or other firework at a person, animal, or object. Someone could get seriously hurt!
  5. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass. Fireworks can easily start a fire not only in fields but houses and garages.
  6. Once children are finished with their sparklers or other fireworks, make sure an adult disposed of them properly.
  7. When you’re lighting a firework for a child, make sure there is enough distance between the two of you to not get burned or hurt.
  8. A rocket can reach 150 miles per hour and travel as high as 1000 feet. When watching a large firework display, make sure you sit far enough away from where the professionals are setting them off.
  9. Make sure you obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. Consider your elderly neighbors and neighbors that need to sleep, such as babies and people that have to work in the morning. With New Year being on a Tuesday this year, many people will still have to go to work on Wednesday. Check into your local ordinances as to when and where you can light fireworks. Please also consider that there may be some people that are very sensitive to loud explosions.

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If an accident occurs, call 911 immediately and try to administer first aid. The following tips should be helpful.  

Prepare A First-Aid Kit: You keep a first-aid kit in your home and car, right? Now’s the time to dig it out, make sure the bandages and pain pills and whatnot aren’t used up or expired and to update it with specific supplies.

Treating eye injury: If an accident does occur, minimize the damage to the eye.

Person on fire, Stop, Drop And Roll – Stop them from running around, lay them on the ground and smother the flames by rolling the person onto them or with a blanket, jacket or similar.

Treating Minor Burns: Red and painful, perhaps with a small blister or blisters.

Treating Major Burns: Deep, with significant blistering and damage to the skin. Frequently the result of burning clothing or direct exposure to flame.

Treating Amputation: Fireworks occasionally cost people their fingers or toes. Prompt medical treatment can reattach them.

Treating Shock: If a person experiences a major injury, they may go into shock. When a person goes into shock, their organs don’t get enough blood or oxygen, which can lead to permanent damage. Signs of shock are cool and clammy skin, confusion, dilated pupils or a weak and/or uneven pulse.

Enjoy the holiday, hopefully the weather cooperates, but stay away from non-professional fireworks and be safe.