Enjoy New Year’s Eve Fireworks Safely

December 31, 2014

As we approach the New Year’s holiday, people across our country are gearing up to celebrate with their families and friends.  Ensuring a safe celebration should be at the top of everyone’s party list. 

New Year’s Eve is a holiday with unique safety challenges – namely, fireworks.  Americans have enjoyed the thrill of fireworks for centuries, but the fireworks, firecrackers, sparklers and rockets that often appear around this time of year can be very dangerous, causing severe eye injuries, burns, loss of limbs and, even, death.
Teche Regional Medical Center urges residents to refrain from using consumer fireworks at home. Fireworks safety begins by leaving the fireworks shows to the professionals.  The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.  After a fireworks display, do not pick up or attempt to relight fireworks.

Teche Regional Medical Center also recommends against the use of sparklers.  These seemingly harmless sticks can cause very serious injuries.  The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is six-times the temperature of boiling water and hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

If you are at a celebration that includes consumer fireworks, we encourage you to take the following precautions:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, and ensure that an adult is always present to supervise fireworks activities.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose close by in case of a fire.
  • Avoid fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a signal of fireworks that are strictly for professional displays.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person or carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot off fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Never attempt to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the fireworks with water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • If anyone you know does sustain injuries, get them medical attention immediately.  

Teche Regional Medical Center wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year.