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How do I have the best fourth of July fireworks?


Fourth of July. What a great holiday. Family, friends, good food and drink. 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 – Post Pandemic

Last year we thought we were celebrating a post pandemic July 4th. That didn’t turn out quite as expected. This year hopefully we’re truly post pandemic. We’re back to the my wife’s families four traditional July 4 holiday parties. Yes, you read that correctly, four different parties. I guess that’s what is called either a “truly patriotic family” or “a family that loves a good party.” I’ll let you decide which.

Our second July 4th party this year is on July 3rd. That one is the fireworks display over the lake. Not everyone has the luxury of what feels like a personal fireworks display that’s professionally managed. And that’s when problems can arise. Individual fireworks displays are more risky than professionally staged shows. Last year this was a particularly large problem. I remember hearing the mayor of Boston being interviewed about personal fireworks displays. He cited more than a 1000% increase in 911 calls due to issues with personal fireworks, and that was still in June.

Be aware of the laws around personal fireworks. Beyond being law abiding, also be responsible. Here’s our list of how to easily be responsible.

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

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