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Celebrating National Fireworks Safety Month!

Safety tips for July 4th holiday and summer fireworks festivities.
Every summer around the world millions thrill to the pyrotechnics and visual beauty of fireworks. Some honor national birthdays with fireworks festivities, such as the July 4th holiday in the United States and fireworks are common as part of many civic, entertainment, sports and other festivities the world over.
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Unfortunately, hospitals treat more eye injuries in July and August than other months of the year and misuse of fireworks is usually to blame. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks-related injuries caused nearly 10,500 eye injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2014. Most of those requiring treatment were children. Sparklers, smoke bombs and other non-exploding fireworks thought to be relatively safe can, when misused, have severe consequences also. For that reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics lists fireworks misuse as the No.1 summer safety issue for children, over playground activities, skateboarding and other activities. Children can find creative ways to use fireworks also, as this video demonstrates.The American Ophthalmology Institute offers a list of fireworks safety tips:
  • Respect safety barriers at fireworks shows and view fireworks from at least 500 feet away.
  • Do not touch unexploded fireworks; instead, immediately contact local fire or police departments to help.
  • Never let young children play with fireworks of any type, even sparklers.
  • Leave the lighting of professional-grade fireworks to trained pyrotechnicians.
  • Wear protective eyewear that meets the parameters set by the American National Standards Institute.

People who handle fireworks and bystanders as well should always wear protective eyewear. In fact, half of all eye injuries from fireworks occur to bystanders, according to the Institute. There is no category of safety eyewear designed solely to protect against exploding fireworks, but high-impact resistant lenses and frames are a good option. The UVEX by Honeywell impact-resistant safety eyewear, for example, exceeds ANSI standards by a factor of up to seven. Developed initially for military applications (i.e. eye defense against shrapnel) and tested on special equipment provided by the U.S. government and Honeywell’s own impact testing equipment, the UVEX by Honeywell line tests product integrity and ballistic strength through a series of high mass/high velocity tests that simulate, for example, a blow from a tool that slips from the work surface or when the lens collides with stationary objects. High velocity tests are conducted at 6 specified impact points using a projectile or a ¼ inch steel ball traveling at specific speeds up to 150 ft/sec or 102 mph. As a point of reference, aerial fireworks travel from 117/ft to 480/ft per second, depending on the mortar size.

Donald Galman
Industrial Safety
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