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Don’t let injuries from fireworks become part of your tradition this holiday


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Often, when thinking of the Fourth of July, one of the first things that come to mind are big, beautiful fireworks, with vibrant colors that light up a summer night’s sky. In the midst of all this holiday grandeur, it is important to understand fireworks safety and how to prevent tragedy during your July 4 celebration.

In 2013, 65 percent or 7,400, of all firework injuries occurred in the 30 days surrounding July 4th. The majority of these injuries occurred simply because of the malfunction or improper use of legal and illegal fireworks.

Here are some ways fireworks can malfunction:

  • Inconsistent flight paths
  • Tip-over incidents
  • Early or late ignitions
  • Debris and blowouts

You, your friends, and family can be put at risk by:

  • Purchasing and using illegal fireworks;
  • Letting children use fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers;
  • Creating or modifying any fireworks;
  • Igniting fireworks too close to someone or something; and
  • Setting off fireworks improperly.

Small fireworks, like bottle rockets, sparklers, and small firecrackers can appear harmless to children, but during the 30 days surrounding July 4, these kinds of fireworks injured an estimated 1,000 children under the age of 5.

Did you know that sparklers can burn so hot they can melt copper? A sparkler can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter! That’s as hot as a blow torch!

Take a look at our “Un Spark-tacular Celebration” video on children with sparklers.

If you do decide to buy legal fireworks, be sure to take the following safety steps:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging; often, this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Move away to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not gone off or fully functioned.
  • 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 one item at a time, then move away quickly.
  • After fireworks have gone off and fully functioned, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding, to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Know the risks. Prevent the tragedies. And, have an injury-free Fourth!

Celebrate with safety this Fourth of July.


For more information on fireworks safety, visit our Fireworks Safety Information Center.

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CPSC Ciencia: Lesiones con fuegos artificiales – Actualización 2014

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Actualizamos nuestro infográfico Lesiones con fuegos artificiales. Los peligros mostrados son los mismos. Las cifras fueron actualizadas. También colocamos estos infográficos en Flickr para ser compartidos fácilmente.

Lesiones con Fuegos Artificiales

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CPSC Science: Fireworks Injuries 2014 Update

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We have an updated version of our Fireworks Injuries infographic. The risks are the same. The only change is in the numbers. We also post these infographics on Flickr for easy sharing.

Lesiones con Fuegos Artificiales


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No permita que lesiones causadas por fuegos artificiales sean parte de su celebración del Cuatro de Julio


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Cuando pensamos en el Cuatro de Julio, una de las primeras cosas que se nos viene a la mente son los hermosos fuegos artificiales, que con colores vibrantes, iluminan el cielo en una noche de verano. En medio de este espectacular festejo, es importante que usted entienda sobre seguridad de fuegos artificiales y sobre cómo prevenir una tragedia durante su celebración del Día de la Independencia. Sesenta y cinco por ciento, o 7,400, de las lesiones en 2013 ocurrieron en los 30 días alrededor del 4 de julio de 2013. La mayoría de las lesiones ocurrieron simplemente por fallas o mal uso de los dispositivos.

A continuación se encuentran algunas maneras en las que los fuegos artificiales pueden fallar:

  • Trayectorias de vuelo irregulares
  • Incidentes ocasionados por vuelcos
  • Encendidos precoces o tardíos
  • Escombros y explosiones

Usted, sus amigos y su familia pueden ponerse en riesgo si:

  • Compra y usa fuegos artificiales ilegales;
  • Permite que niños manipulen fuegos artificiales, incluyendo estrellitas o luces de bengalas y petardos;
  • Crea o modifica cualquier tipo de fuegos artificiales;
  • Prende fuegos artificiales demasiado cerca de alguien o algo;
  • Enciende fuegos artificiales incorrectamente.

Fuegos artificiales pequeños como botellas-cohete, estrellitas o luces de bengala y pequeños petardos pueden parecer inofensivas a los niños, pero durante los 30 días alrededor del 4 de julio, esta clase de fuegos artificiales lesionaron a un estimado de 1,000 niños menores de 5 años. ¿Sabía usted que las estrellitas o luces de bengala pueden alcanzar temperaturas tan altas que podrían derretir el cobre? ¡Dichas arden a una temperatura de unos 2,000 grados F o más! ¡Eso es tan caliente como la llama de un soplete! Eche un vistazo a nuestro video de niños con estrellitas o luces de bengalas “Celebración estrella-da”.

Si usted decide comprar fuegos artificiales legales, siga las siguientes medidas de seguridad:

  • Nunca permita que niños pequeños jueguen o enciendan fuegos artificiales.
  • Evite comprar fuegos artificiales que estén empaquetados en papel marrón porque muchas veces esa es una señal de que los fuegos artificiales se hicieron para exhibiciones profesionales y podrían constituir un peligro para los consumidores.
  • Nunca ponga una parte de su cuerpo directamente sobre un dispositivo de fuegos artificiales al encender la mecha. Retroceda a una distancia segura inmediatamente después de encender fuegos artificiales.
  • Mantenga una distancia prudencial inmediatamente después de prender fuegos artificiales.
  • Nunca trate de encender nuevamente o manipular fuegos artificiales que no funcionaron bien. Empápelos con agua y deséchelos.
  • Nunca dirija ni lance fuegos artificiales hacia otra persona.
  • Mantenga un cubo con agua o una manguera de jardinería a mano en caso de incendio u otro percance.
  • Encienda los fuegos artificiales uno por uno y luego retroceda rápidamente
  • Después que los fuegos artificiales ardan por completo, rocíe el dispositivo usado con mucha agua de un balde o una manguera antes de desechar el dispositivo para evitar se incendie la basura.
  • Asegúrese de que los fuegos artificiales son legales en su área antes de comprarlos o usarlos.
  • Conozca los riesgos. Prevenga tragedias. Y, ¡disfrute de un Día de la Independencia sin lesiones!

Celebre con seguridad este 4 de julio. Para más información sobre seguridad de fuegos artificiales visite nuestro Centro de información sobre seguridad de fuegos artificiales.

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The “Regulation Wizard”— Helping Small- and Micro- Businesses Produce Safe & Compliant Products

On June 18, the President hosts the first-ever White House Maker Faire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Small Business Ombudsman will be there to announce a collaboration with Etsy.com and 18F to support “makers” and small businesses through CPSC’s development of a new “regulation wizard.” The online tool will provide consumer product safety requirements for inventors, makers and entrepreneurs bringing new products to market.

The “maker movement” links long-standing American traditions of tinkering, inventing and entrepreneurship with newer technologies, such as desktop laser cutters, new design software and additional desktop machine tools. These new tools are enabling more Americans to design and build almost anything, oftentimes more quickly and without the costly infrastructure previously required.
CPSC has recognized the increasing importance of these small- and micro- businesses—these makers— in creating new, innovative, fun and useful products. CPSC continues its efforts to “take safety to the source” by working with these businesses as they design, develop, and manufacture to make sure their products are safe and compliant with safety requirements.

The new wizard will catalog safety requirements, which can sometimes be hard to find and decipher, and present them in a form that will be accessible to all businesses. This will allow small- and micro- businesses to spend less time trying to find applicable safety regulations and more time trying to make sure their new product meets or exceeds those requirements.

CPSC, through its Small Business Ombudsman, is developing the “regulation wizard” utilizing open-source software tools, developed by the General Service Administration’s (GSA) innovative technology startup 18F. CPSC is populating the “regulation wizard” with data to create an application that will provide an easy-to-understand and cost-effective way for small businesses and makers to cut through red tape. Once built, CPSC will invite users of Etsy.com and other small- and micro- businesses to a collaborative “data jam” session to make sure this publicly available information from CPSC performs as promised and is designed in a way to best help these small businesses find and comply with all applicable safety regulations for their new consumer products.

The White House is using #NationOfMakers on Twitter for the June 18 event. For updates from the CPSC’s Small Business Ombudsman on this “regulation wizard” project and other important regulatory updates, follow him on Twitter @CPSCSmallBiz and sign up for email updates at www.cpsc.gov/email. If you are a maker or a small- or micro- business that is just beginning to learn CPSC requirements, navigate to www.cpsc.gov/BusinessEducation to learn more.

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