Scars and stripes
Ah, my scar. That circular discoloration on my upper left thigh. Traumatic time really. Back when I was in grade school our neighbors would have a cookout, and my whole family attended. Later in the evening, some of the adults would shoot off bottle rockets, while us kids would write our names with sparklers in the air. Idyllic hot summer memory. Until that one year where a bottle rocket went astray.
Now, most of you know that Red Cross has tips to be safe for the Fourth of July. One of them being “Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.” Now, I am pretty sure this gentleman had lit off fireworks before. He never threw or pointed a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. But, he did think it would be fun to hold the bottle rocket up in the air with his two fingers and wait for it to shoot off.
I was standing at least 10 feet behind him. I didn’t think I was too close, and I think my mother thought we were ok too. Until that bottle rocket shot straight out of his hands and looped behind him to hit me in the leg. Scattering children, screaming, apologizing, adults yelling…wow. In all actuality, I was lucky. It barely broke the skin and I was ok. Needless to say no one else shot off any other fireworks that night. (It’s all fun and games until a kid get hit with a firework.) Ever since then, I am very cautious about fireworks; those used in professional displays, as well as the ones allowed to be used at home.
So remember folks: Be safe this holiday, don’t hold a firework in your hands until it goes off and follow these Red Cross safety tips!
-Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.
-Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials.
-Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
-Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
-Light only one firework at a time, and never try and relight a “dud.”
-Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.