Smithfield, RI Weather
By Robert W. Seltzer, BSEE, EFO, MP Chief Smithfield Fire Dept.
Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. Nationally, 230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths. How? By promoting fireworks safety in your community.
Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:
Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
In the State of Rhode Island, aerial fireworks of any type are illegal for general public use. Only licensed shooters may use aerial fireworks.
For more information, please visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission @ http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/.
You may also visit the United States Fire Administration @ https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/.
On behalf of all the men and women of the Smithfield Fire Department, have a Happy and Safe 4th of July.