New Year’s Eve Fireworks Safety: Ring In The New Year With A Bang
The countdown to the New Year is on, and many of us are planning to kick it off with a bang!
Sure, fireworks are breathtakingly beautiful, they’re also dangerous. All too often people spend their first day of the New Year in the emergency room, due to the lack of precautions taken to ensure fireworks safety.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commision reported eight deaths and 11,400 injuries in 2013 resulting from fireworks.
So, if you plan to set off fireworks, keep in mind these New Year’s Eve fireworks safety tips.
Alcohol and fireworks: An explosive mix
Generally, New Year’s Eve festivities involve excess alcohol. Just like drinking and driving is not a good mix, shooting fireworks and drinking definitely do not mix. Consuming even a small quantity of alcohol may impair your ability to safely and properly set up your fireworks display.
Don’t forget about your furry friend
For us humans, our idea of a good time on New Year’s Eve is celebrating with loved ones. However, your dog’s idea of the perfect New Year’s Eve is probably snuggling with you on the couch and watching the fun from the comfort of your own home. Dogs are easily startled by the loud noises fireworks make. To make sure your furry friend is safe during fireworks displays, keep them indoors. When scared, pets will panic and jump a fence or break their restraint. If you have plans to leave your pet alone at home on New Year’s Eve, keep him or her in a room or kennel where he or she feels comfortable. Consider playing soft music or leaving the TV on to provide a noise distraction.
Favored yet risky fireworks
Sparklers are young children’s favorite fireworks because they can actually touch them. Nonetheless, they are more dangerous than you’d think. What Parents may not realize is that sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to burn through some metals. Many children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet, and clothing can be quickly ignited.
Bottle Rockets are quite popular for teens to fire at each other causing head, chest, and eye injuries.
Physicians at Vanderbilt Eye Institute at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have seen so many injuries caused by bottle rockets; they conducted a study in hopes to better educate on fireworks safety.
“The majority of the children in the study ended up with reduced vision, and probably half of those were deemed legally blind,” said Dr. Franco Recchia, associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Vanderbilt.
Roman candles eject multiple exploding shells from a tube. There have been numerous reports of children who are severely burned or lose their fingers because they will handle roman candles with their hands instead of using a bottle, or digging the device into the ground before lighting it.
Never allow young children to handle fireworks; older children should only handle them under close adult supervision.
What goes up, must come down
Clock countdowns, toasting champagne, stealing a midnight kiss — and firing off a few rounds into the air? One of these things is not like the other.
Every year leading up to New Year’s Eve, police departments in major U.S. cities have to remind people that the law of gravity is a 24/7 thing, that what goes up must come down, and that falling bullets kill.
In one Missouri town, police shot-spotter technology found more than 1400 gunshots fired around midnight. Firing bullets vertically or at an angle can be dangerous warn officials.
Celebratory gunfire is illegal and extremely dangerous. A bullet fired into the air will fall back down at a speed of 300-700 feet per second, fast enough to kill you or a bystander.
Quick tips for New Year’s Eve fireworks safety
Anyone handling fireworks should use protective eyewear
Never light them indoors
Only use them away from people, houses, and flammable material
Maintain a safe distance after lighting
Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of a fire
Better yet, relax on a blanket and let the experts handle the show.
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- Written by Jill Fowler