NES Encourages Customers To Practice Firework Safety Ahead of July 4th Holiday 

As we look ahead to celebrating the 4th of July with friends and family, NES encourages all customers to practice firework safety. 

The most common types of fireworks are firecrackers and sparklers. Both can cause harm if used improperly. In 2023, 9,700 people were treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries. 66% of injuries occurred in the weeks before and after the 4th of July. Approximately 42% of injuries were burns, most commonly affecting the head, face, ears and fingers. 

Do your 4th of July plans include fireworks? Use these tips to ensure you celebrate safely:  

  1. Never allow children to play or ignite fireworks, including firecrackers and sparklers. 
  2. In Tennessee, it is illegal to buy fireworks if you are under the age of 16. When purchasing fireworks, make sure to bring an ID and safely store your fireworks for the ride home. 
  3. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose ready in case of fire or any other mishap. 
  4. Light fireworks individually, then move away from the lit firework quickly. 
  5. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. 
  6. Never use fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

At NES, we encourage you to observe the 4th of July and avoid potential injuries from fireworks. Enjoy the holiday!