DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The message is loud and clear this time of the year. Fireworks are dangerous.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports 11 fatalities in 2014 due to fireworks. More than 10,000 people nationwide suffered fireworks related injuries.
While there are safety steps to take like never allowing children to set fireworks off, keeping a bucket of water handy should a fire start, never point a firework directly at a person and always remember to clear as far away from a lit firework as possible and don’t forget to protect your eyes with protective eye wear.
Although it seems like that advice from the CPSC is common sense, the injury number suggest that many of us don’t take heed to the advice.
There are alternatives to fireworks that can be just as colorful, but are also safe. Dayton Children’s Hospital says there a number alternatives that allow families to celebrate the holiday safely.
Dayton’s Children’s says you can try these eight alternatives:
- Glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces
- Flashlights, especially miniature ones or colored lights
- Glow paint for the body or fabric
- Chasing fireflies
- Confetti-filled balloons
- Red and blue bubbles – you can make your own with dish soap and food coloring
- Silly string
- Straw rockets
One last piece of advice. Remember that while sparklers are legal in Ohio. They burn at 2,000 degrees, the same temperature as a blowtorch.
“Don’t ever let kids play with fireworks, period,” says Lisa Schwing, RN, trauma program manager at Dayton Children’s Hospital. “They’re intended for use by adults in open spaces.” The best way to keep your family safe is to enjoy the holiday by attending a public showing where fireworks are set off by professionals.”