Maybe we have a little bias going on, but we don’t think any other geography does the 4th of July like New Englanders … from the classic celebration with the Pops on the Boston Esplanade or an 1800s style celebration at Sturbridge Village to Bristol’s Oldest 4th of July Celebration and 3 days of activities on the Enfield Town Green. Here are some pointers to the best Fourth of July celebrations in New England:
But we can’t let this blog post pass without a seasonal alert about firework safety. In 2013, there were eight deaths and an estimated 11,400 consumers who sustained injuries related to fireworks — a giant increase from 8,700 injuries in 2012.
Did you know that sparklers account for 31% of all fire-work related injuries? Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees as hot as a blow torch, hot enough to melt some metals. This video uses dummies to show what can happen with backyard fireworks.
From June 22 to July 22, an average of 200 people per day seek treatment at emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. Illegal and homemade fireworks were involved in all 6 fireworks-related deaths reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2012. The CPSC has a great infographic on fireworks injuries – we’ve excerpted a segment above. Or see more in the 2012 fireworks Annual Report (PDF).
CSPC offers these safety tips when using fireworks:
Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.