Getting ready for 4th of July celebrations?

Be “4th of July” ready with Caitlin Medina sharing some tips to have a safe and happy 4th!


• Sparklers can reach 2,000°F, hotter than a blow torch
• Thousands of fireworks injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments, often leaving permanent damage to eyes, hands and face
• Over 50% of fireworks injuries occur with people under the age of 20 years


• Consider safer alternatives such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers
• Observe your local & state laws
• Have a designated sober adult light all legal fireworks
• Light one firework at a time & move away quickly
• Keep children and other observers at a safe distance – behind a protective barrier
• Store fireworks out of children’s reach
• Keep a bucket of water close for disposal of fireworks

• Allow children to handle fireworks – including sparklers
• Attempt to alter, modify or relight fireworks
• Point or throw lit fireworks at anyone
• Allow children to pick up the spent fireworks – some may still be active
• Ever hold lit fireworks in your hand
• Consume alcohol or drugs when lighting fireworks
• Forget you can be held legally and financially liable for injuries caused by using fireworks

• Cool the burn with COOL (not cold) water to stop the burning process
• Remove all clothing and jewelry from the injured area
• Cover the area with a dry clean sheet or loose bandages
• Seek medical attention