Are you thinking of viewing some fireworks on the 4th of July? Think safety, especially if you have children nearby. In 2013, approximately 11,400 fireworks related injuries were reported nationally. Children under the age of 15 account for 40% of all injuries from fireworks and the risk of injury was highest in the 0-4 age group!
Eyes are the most frequently injured body part during this holiday. More than 15 percent of these injuries result in vision loss or blindness. Sparklers cause the most injuries because children often handle them on their own. A sparkler typically burns at about 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Bottle rockets cause some of the most serious injuries.
Under Colorado law, any device that explodes or leaves the ground is probably illegal. This includes firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets and Roman Candles. In addition towns and counties in Colorado may have more restrictive fireworks laws. You can contact your local police or sheriff departments for laws in your community.
The safest way to enjoy the holiday is to attend a public fireworks display. Celebrate responsibly and you can make sure everyone has a fun and safe holiday!