B3 Bomber, Sky Cruiser, Crying Saucer, Vengeful Texan, Europa 1 Missile, Crackling Saturn Missiles, The Detonator, Red, White and Bluetiful ...
The names of fireworks are, well, snappy. “So Snappy,” in the words of one firework’s name.
But, while the names are funny and colorful, the fireworks themselves are — OK, they are funny and colorful, too — but they are also potentially dangerous and anyone using them needs to know what they are doing.
There are lots of places to find out about fireworks, and safety experts and fireworks providers both urge people who plan to use what approaches commercial grade fireworks to do some research before they buy.
Fire Chief Mike Napolitano and Mitch Menges, of Menges Rental and Fireworks, are concerned that people who purchase modern, sophisticated nightworks, will use them carefully.
There are larger and larger fireworks available today and some of them are safe to use in confined areas, in neighborhood settings, for instance, but other, larger units need to have areas that are more open and may not be safe to use in the city because there is just not enough room for them to fire safely without putting surrounding buildings, trees and yards at risk.
It’s important for those purchasing fireworks to do that with safety in mind and to know how to safely use them.
Menges urged that those who plan to purchase large nightworks to take the time for make sure they learn how to use them safely. The company selling them should be able to explain how to use them safely, Menges urged.
Napolitano noted that it is important for everyone who is using fireworks — and that goes for everything from a major nighwork that fires multiple burst, down to a “ladyfinger” — to understand that the person firing the firework is responsible for safety.
They are responsible if someone gets hurt and they are responsible if there is property damage, the fire chief urged.
This year the Fourth of July falls on Monday, however it is important to recognize that DOES NOT mean that fireworks are legal any other day.
Just because many people have a three-day holiday doesn’t mean that it is legal to shot the fireworks all three days.
They are not.
Safety experts warn adults they need to practice safety themselves and, also, keep children safe by making sure they have access only to age appropriate fireworks.
Common safety tips for children using fireworks have been prepared by the KSU Extension Service and they touch on many of the types of fireworks and other specialty items popular on the Fourth of July.
Make sure there is always adult supervision when children are lighting fireworks. Many parents and care givers overestimate their children’s ability to use fireworks, creating a dangerous environment for injuries.
Sparklers are one of the more hazardous types of fireworks, burning at temperatures that will cause instant, serious burns. They are almost hot enough to melt gold, so burnt fingers or hands are common occurrences. There is also the potential for a young child to wave a sparkler around and sticking it in the eye of another child or poking themselves.
Fireworks-related injuries usually involve the hands/fingers, eyes or head and can sometimes result in amputations, blindings or even death. More than half of fireworks-related injuries involve burns.
For younger children you may want to start out with “worms” and smoke bombs. Read the label and use common sense.
Fireworks-related injuries usually involve the hands, the fingers, the eyes and the head.
Burns are the most common injuries, followed by actual explosions causing bruises and lacerations. There are also a number of eye injuries, blindness being one of the more serious results.
Approximately 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are reported in the United States each year.
The Kansas SAFE KIDS Coalition tips for safety include:
•Never use fireworks indoors.
•Be sure spectators are out of range before lighting fireworks.
•Never aim or throw fireworks at another person.
•Never place your face or any other body part over fireworks.
•Never try to re-ignite fireworks that malfunction.
•Keep a bucket of water or a “charged” garden hose handy.
•Never carry fireworks in your pocket.