Did you know that sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees?
This is hot enough to melt gold.
Each year, emergency departments in the United States treat approximately 7,000 patients for injuries caused by fireworks. Protect yourself and your family by following these guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Leave fireworks to the professionals. Professional displays are the safest way to enjoy fireworks.
- Only adults should handle fireworks.
- Never make your own fireworks.
- Always use fireworks outside.
- Keep a bucket of water and a hose nearby.
- Direct the fireworks away from people, home, bushes and trees.
- Never aim or throw fireworks at another person.
- Light one at a time, and never relight a dud.
- Teach children “stop, drop and roll” as clothes can catch fire.
Of course even if you leave the fireworks to the professionals, other accidents can happen. As such, it is always a good idea to know where your community’s emergency departments are located. WakeMed has five emergency departments around the county. Click here to learn more.