July is National Fireworks Safety Month

July is National Fireworks Safety Month

The 4th of July is almost here and the Nursing Division of the Millburn Health Department would like to remind its residents that July is National Fireworks Safety Month! We urge anyone who is considering using fireworks this summer to practice firework safety at all times.  Please consider enjoying the firework display in your local town as opposed to creating your own fireworks show. But, if you do decide to light off any fireworks always read any and all directions indicated on the packaging. Also take note to the following tips listed below this can help ensure your holiday weekend is as enjoyable, fun, and safe as possible.

Key Tips:

  • ONLY ADULTS SHOULD USE FIREWORKS
  • NEVER light fireworks indoors or near dry grass. (The burning or glowing can embers start a fire later)
  • Keep a bucket of water, a water hose, or a fire extinguisher nearby (Make sure you know how to use the fire extinguisher and it is in proper working order)
  • DO NOT wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  • NEVER use fireworks near an open flame.
  • NEVER use fireworks near things like grills or campfires.
  • ALWAYS keep a safe distance away from lit fireworks. Remember the noise can be harmful to your ears and any flying debris can potentially cause eye injuries.
  • If a device does not go off, DO NOT go near or try to re-light it! (Many injuries happen when people assume firework(s) were duds because they didn’t immediately go off. If a firework malfunctions NEVER try to re-lite it just pour water over it and dispose of it.
  • ALWAYS read the directions and warning labels on fireworks.
  • DO NOT use a device that is not marked with the contents, directions, and a warning label.
  • BE MINDFUL not to use fireworks near or in close proximity to pets.
  • ALWAYS supervise children around any kind of fireworks. Children should be monitored and accounted for at all times during ANY kind of firework display. Remember to keep children a safe distance away from the adult who is responsible for lighting the firework or where the firework display is being set off from.