Every year, fireworks cause thousands of eye injuries and burns. CHOC Children’s and the Orange County Fire Authority ask you to consider taking your family to a professional fireworks show as a safer alternative.
If consumer fireworks are part of your family’s festivities, however, take a minute to check out these important tips:
• Supervise children at all times. Fireworks should be handled by adults only.
• Buy only state fire marshal-approved (“Safe and Sane”) fireworks, from a licensed firework stand. Police in Orange County will be vigorously enforcing laws against illegal fireworks. You can be fined up to $1,000.
• Only these OC cities allow consumer fireworks: Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Stanton, Villa Park and Westminster
• Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Spectators should also keep a safe distance.
• Never re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
• Do not alter fireworks or combine them.
• Point fireworks away from people, homes and cars, and keep away from leaves, dry grass and flammable materials.
- Summer temperatures and an increase of rain can mean increased snake encounters in Orange County. Brush up on snakebites first-aid tips.
- A parent’s guide to treating snakebites.
- All parents know the importance of sunscreen and dangers of sunburn. But do you know about other skin reactions to the sun your child might experience?