As the Fourth of July approaches, so does the season for firework-related injuries, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Last year, over 70 percent of firework-related injuries occurred during the first week of July.
State officials say it’s important to keep some safety tips in mind, during your summer celebrations. Only use fireworks in a clear, open area, and light them one at a time. Keep a fire extinguisher or a water supply nearby. Don’t drink alcohol or smoke when using fireworks.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says never let children handle or light fireworks without adult supervision. Consider giving younger kids glow sticks instead of traditional sparklers, which can burn hot enough to melt glass, according state officials.
Last year, the Indiana State Department of Health got 230 reports of fireworks injuries. That’s nearly 50 more than in 2015. More than 40 percent of those involved people age 18 or younger.
You can find more fireworks safety tips at GetPrepared.in.gov.