Fourth of July. What a great holiday. Family, friends, good food and drink. However, if you’re like us, there won’t be as many people celebrating together due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, celebrating our freedom is important and not a holiday that will just slip by. Here in New Hampshire we take our freedom seriously. Just how serious we are about freedom is best captured in our state slogan, “Live Free or Die.” Undoubtedly, being free, or dying, is a strong commitment to freedom.
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Fourth of July in the Year of the Pandemic
Our friends and neighbors always celebrate July 4. However, this year there are news reports that individual fireworks displays are creating problems. On the radio today the mayor of Boston was interviewed about this problem. He cited more than a 1000% increase in 911 calls due to issues with personal fireworks. That’s amazing because as I write this, it’s still June.
Whether folks are frustrated by being cooped up due to the pandemic, or some other issue, it’s important to know the laws where you are specific to fireworks. Make sure you comply and make sure those around you do as well.
Whatever the laws may be in your state, we put together a list of how to stay safe this fourth of July. Read on, this list is both true, and fun.
Rules to Live by This Fourth of July
These tips may sound like I’m trying to be funny. I’m not. The logic and the data behind each tip is explained below:
- Put a woman in charge – yep, that’s what the data says
- Make sure the woman in charge is older than 24
- Keep children and young adults away, in particular
- Children five and under
- Young adults 20 to 24
- Read the instructions – that’s a boring tip
Put a Woman in Charge
With fireworks, men are 1.56 times more likely to be injured than a woman. No surprises there, right? Knowing that women are less prone to be injured with fireworks is the reason we’re choosing a woman to supervise.
Make Sure She’s 25, or Older
Young adults between the ages of 20 and 24 are the most likely to be injured by fireworks. Compared to the aggregate of all other ages, young adults are 1.44 times more likely to be injured by fireworks.
Again, no big surprises here. For everyone’s safety we now know that the woman in charge should be at least 25 years old.
Take Care of the Children
Children ages five and below are the second most likely to be injured. Unfortunately, the young children had only a slightly lower probability of getting hurt than the young adults. This is troubling since the children are purely victims and not the instigators.
Overall, children 15 and below had a higher probability of being injured by fireworks. Be sure to supervise them carefully.
The obvious question to ask is if children five and under are the second most likely to be injured, who’s most likely? Yes, it’s the young adults, 20 to 24. Hence, the woman in charge is 25 or older.
Read the Instructions
Undoubtedly, this is the most boring recommendation of all. However, most injuries are burns. The instructions on each type of fireworks should explain the proper handling and lighting procedure, significantly reducing the chance of a burn.
When it comes to fireworks, anyone 24 and under that doesn’t like to read should be kept far, far away. You might consider sending them to the library to brush up on their reading this July 4. 😉
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Data source: Consumer Product Safety Commission of the USA, 2016 Fireworks Annual Report