Every year, 4,700 children nationwide are hurt in fireworks-related injuries. Wednesday morning on Good Day Utah, Annette Matherly, a registered nurse with the University of Utah Health Care Burn Center, gave us some safety tips.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Never build or experiment with homemade fireworks
- Fireworks should be handled by adults, not children
- Read and follow all firework instructions
- Be sure spectators are out of range before lighting fireworks
- Light fireworks away from houses, dry leaves and flammable materials
- Do not throw, point or shoot fireworks toward people, pets, buildings or vehicles
- Never try to re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- Keep a bucket of water, a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby
- Never let children play with or handle sparklers. Sparkler tips can reach temperatures of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
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