Maybe it’s the lazy days and the warm nights. Maybe it’s the hotdogs and hamburgers, watermelon and apple pie.
It’s one of the best times of the year to relax, enjoy family and friends, and simply watch the world go by.
As millions come together to celebrate America’s independence from Britain, one of the most time-honored traditions we have is fireworks. But have you ever stopped to think much about why we use fireworks… or more importantly, how safe they really are?
The reason we use fireworks dates back to the very first Independence day we celebrated. Even before the Declaration of Independence was signed, John Adams envisioned the occasion to be celebrated with pomp and parade, with sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the country to the other. And as we celebrated our very first year of independence, a fireworks display was indeed set off on July 4, 1777.
But while fireworks displays continue to get bigger, brighter, and more awe-inspiring every year with what we can do with technology, the idea of letting consumers share in the fun with personal fireworks is frightening.
More than 200 people require medical treatment in the emergency room every day around the Fourth of July holiday for fireworks related injuries. Fireworks can be dengerous, causing serious burns and eye injuries, and even death. Unbelieveably, the highest number of injuries is caused by sparklers.
With these findings, it is understandable why some states have banned consumer fireworks.
I enjoy the 4th of July holiday like everyone else. I adore the beauty of the exploding lights in the sky—fireworks mezmerize me. I am intrigued by the history and tradition. However, the traumatic images of patients I saw in my work at the hospital are still vivid, and it makes me think twice.
I am a major advocate of safety. There is a way to have both, beauty and safety.
As you’re laying by the pool, enjoying a burger and a slice of watermelon this Independence day, skip the consumer grade fireworks, and plan to attend an event in your local community instead, where fireworks are controlled and safety is enhanced.
Have a happy and safe Independence Day.