If consumer fireworks are part of your family’s Fourth of July festivities this weekend, be sure to supervise your little ones carefully. According to the Orange County Fire Authority, children ages 5 to 9 have the highest injury rate involving fireworks. Moreover, sparklers are associated with the most injuries involving children under the age of 5.
Keep your family safe with these helpful tips:
• Buy only state fire marshall-approved (“Safe and Sane”) fireworks, from a licensed firework stand. The following cities allow consumer fireworks: Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton, Villa Park and Westminster.
• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or other mishap.
• Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Spectators should also keep a safe distance from the shooter and fireworks.
• Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
• Do not try to alter fireworks or combine them.
• Point fireworks away from homes and cars, and keep away from brush, leaves, dry grass and flammable materials.
For a safer alternative, consider taking your family to a professional fireworks show. For a list of fireworks shows near you, please visit the Orange County Fire Authority website at www.ocfa.org.