Fireworks Safety Still Needed
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Legislation passed in 2010 made many more fireworks legally available in Douglas County for people looking to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Unfortunately, legal doesn‚Äôt always translate to safe.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Just last year the Nebraska State Fire Marshal‚Äôs Office received 136 reports of injuries from throughout the state.¬† According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 200 people per day visit the nation‚Äôs emergency rooms during the month that surrounds July 4.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúEvery year fireworks cause serious, life-changing injuries and even death,‚ÄĚ said Douglas County Health Director, Dr. Adi Pour.¬† ‚ÄúThey can be especially unpredictable in the hands of people who are not experienced at using them.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Safety starts with the decisions you make, and here are some fireworks safety tips to help.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Light fireworks one at a time and then move away quickly.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Stick to using the fireworks that are legal in your area.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† If fireworks don‚Äôt work right the first time, leave them alone.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† A bucket of water or a garden hose can stop fires from becoming serious.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The most common injuries are to fingers and hands, but eyes, ears, facial and head injuries also are common. Sparklers are the most common cause of fireworks injury, and more than half of all injuries are burns. Men are far more likely to suffer injuries than are women, and more than half of the injuries are by people from 25 to 64 years old.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúFireworks not only cause injuries, they also can damage property,‚ÄĚ Dr. Pour said. ‚ÄúIn a typical year, more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than any other day, and most are caused by fireworks.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The safest alternative is to attend a public fireworks display, run by trained professionals.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúPlease consider all the precautions, and have a safe and happy holiday,‚ÄĚ Dr. Pour said.