- Use fireworks, firecrackers and sparklers outdoors only.
- Never leave children unattended with fireworks or sparklers.
- Always read and follow label directions on all fireworks carefully.
- Make sure children maintain a safe distance from the area where fireworks are being lit.
- Have water nearby (a garden hose and a bucket) to soak used sparklers and other fireworks to make sure they're extinguished.
- Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water).
- Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
How to care for a first-degree (top layer of skin) burn:
- Hold the injured area under cool (not cold) running water or immerse in cool water until pain subsides. Use cool compresses if running water isn’t available.
- Protect the burn by covering it with a sterile, non-adhesive bandage or clean cloth. Do not apply butter or ointments, which can cause infection.
- Give an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or naproxen (Aleve) according to the product’s label.
- Seek help from a doctor if pain and redness last more than a few hours or if signs of infection develop (worsening pain, redness, swelling, fever or oozing).
Call 911 if:
- The burn penetrates all layers of skin
- Skin looks leathery or charred, with patches of white, brown or black
- The burn blister oozes or is larger than two inches
- The person burned is an infant or elderly