Celebrate America safely this 4th of July

Keep injuries to a minimum, be mindful when handling fireworks or commemorate with alternatives

File photo: Sparklers (Pexels.)

SAN ANTONIO – Fireworks are a remarkable way to celebrate and mark occasions like New Year’s or Independence Day so if you’re planning to enjoy a lively display of color by illuminating the night sky with pyrotechnics, consider a few general safety measures to keep the party from becoming disastrous.

  • Light one firework at a time
  • Back away to a safe distance, about 35 to 150 feet depending upon your purchase
  • Do not try to re-light or fix fireworks that did not ignite fully - to prevent injuries, allow the faulty firework to sit for 5 to 10 minutes just in case the explosion is delayed
  • Never hold a lit firework in your hand - it’s in everyone’s best interest if you do not aim or throw lit fireworks at anyone
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, bucket of water or water hose nearby in case of accidents
  • Soak all failed and fully ignited fireworks for at least 20 minutes before discarding

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If sparklers are more your speed, remember, they can burn up to 1200-2,000 degrees Fahrenheit - it’s not as hot as summers in San Antonio but it is hotter than your culinary flamethrower (aka: a kitchen blowtorch). Swapping the sparkler for a glow stick is a much safer substitute that still adds flare to the occasion but without the pyrotechnics.

Other alternatives to consider:

  • Silly string
  • Noise makers
  • Water balloons
  • Confetti

According to the American Burn Association, most firework injuries occur with people under 20. Some of the most common related injuries include the hands and fingers due to mishandling fireworks. Don’t get caught off guard, practice being mindful and prepared to ensure you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and exciting festivity.


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Stephanie Leonard is the Special Events Coordinator for KSAT Community. She enjoys writing and producing video and digital content.

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