Fireworks safety tips

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, it’s important to practice fireworks safety.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, thousands of people are treated annually for fireworks-related injuries.

Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health occupational therapist Regina Pilotte appeared as a guest on News 18 This Morning to discuss fireworks safety.

“A lot of times injuries occur because people are too young to be handling the fireworks. Greater than half the injuries happen to young children or people less than the age of 20,” said Pilotte.

Somewhat surprisingly, it’s not the big fireworks that are often the culprits when it comes to injuries. Pilotte explained, “Most of the injuries occur with sparklers, bottle rockets and firecrackers. We typically think of sparklers as innocuous fireworks. We don’t feel that they’re dangerous, but they actually burn at temperatures of greater than 1,000 degrees.”

It’s also important to consider your environment when setting off fireworks.

“You should be in a level area away from homes, vehicles or other flammable materials. Make sure you’re wearing close-toed shoes and eye protection,” said Pilotte.

If you do become injured, seek medical treatment right away.

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