Fireworks - How to Have a Safe Fourth (cont.)
What kinds of injuries occur?
How and why do these injuries occur?
Fireworks type: Among class 1.4G (class C) fireworks, which are sold legally in some states, bottle rockets can fly into the face and cause eye injuries; sparklers can ignite clothing (sparklers burn at more than 2,000°F, 1093.3°C); and firecrackers can injure the hands or face if they explode at close range.
Being too close: Injuries may result from being too close to fireworks when they explode; for example, when someone bends over to look more closely at a firework that has been ignited, or when a misguided bottle rocket hits a person nearby.
Unsupervised use: Children are more likely to be injured by fireworks if they are unsupervised.
Lack of physical coordination: Younger children often lack the physical coordination to handle fireworks safely.
Curiosity: Children are often excited and curious around fireworks, which can increase their chances of being injured (for example, when they re-examine a firecracker dud that initially fails to ignite).
Experimentation: Homemade fireworks (for example, ones made of the powder from several firecrackers) can lead to dangerous explosions).
Here are some general fireworks safety tips to remember from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
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