Firework demonstration punctuates need for safety on 4th of July
JEFFERSONVILLE, In. (WDRB) -- Fireworks are a big part of the Fourth of July celebration each year. But there are many injuries to adults and children burned and disfigured by pyrotechnics.
Jeffersonville Fire Department Sergeant Justin Ames was able to use the department's "Rescue Randy" to show Keith Kaiser the dangers of fireworks and the safest way to enjoy them.
First, he says they advise people to leave fireworks to the professionals, but if you are going to set them off yourself, there are some things to know.
Always have safety equipment nearby, a bucket of water to extinguish spent fireworks, protective eyewear and gloves, a long lighter and a water hose. Sparklers can reach temperatures of 1200 to 1600 degrees, hot enough to melt gas, and they can still be very hot after they go out. Follow the instructions and don't modify.
Fireworks injure 9,300 people annually, and 46% of injuries are to the hands and fingers followed by head, face, ears, and eyes.