Ten Firework Safety Recommendations to Keep Your Fourth of July Fun
June 22, 2023
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Breese and Highland and HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville want to remind community members that while fireworks can be fun, they can also be dangerous. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, there were an estimated 10,163 fireworks-related injuries in America in the year 2022.
According to emergency medical experts at both St. Joseph’s and Holy Family hospitals, most injuries from fireworks occur to the hands or fingers, legs, face and eyes. Fireworks should be left to experts trained and certified so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Some safe firework and sparkler alternatives are party poppers, bubbles, silly string or glowsticks. These options provide the same amount of fun, but with less risk of harm for all involved.
1. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing.
2. Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks and watch them closely while playing with sparklers.
3. Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby in case of fire or other mishap.
4. Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
5. Don’t forget about your pets. Fireworks can cause extreme stress to animals. Keep your pets indoors.
6. Never place a part of your body directly over a firework or hold a firework in your hand while lighting. Light fireworks one at a time and move back to a safe distance quickly.
7. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
8. Soak all spent and unused fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing away in a trash can. Never discard fireworks in a fire pit.
9. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves and flammable materials.
10. Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign they were made for professional use only.
If you or someone you know is injured by a firework and in need of emergency care, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room immediately. The emergency departments at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese and Highland and HSHS Holy Family Hospital are well-prepared to deliver high-quality emergency medical care 24/7:
- St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese – 9515 Holy Cross Lane, Breese
- Holy Family Hospital – 200 Health Care Dr., Greenville
- St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland – 12866 Troxler Ave., Highland
HSHS Illinois Communications Manager