The 4th of July is right around the corner. It’s time to celebrate America’s birthday! And, what better way to celebrate than with picnics and fireworks? But, we all need to remember to be very careful with fireworks. We here at United Medevac Solutions want you to have a fun and safe holiday. We don’t want to see you in the many healthcare facilities that we staff because you’ve had an accident. (We would much rather you simply stop in and say, “Hello.”) So, let’s remind ourselves of some firework safety tips. These are all tips that we have probably heard before, but they are certainly worth repeating.
Every year, around this time, warnings and reminders are issued about firework safety – and for good reason. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2014 Fireworks Annual Safety Report by Yongling Tu tells us that,
“Fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2014.”
Mr. Tu’s report goes on to identify many startling facts including:
“Children 5 to 9 years of age had the highest estimated rate of emergency department-treated fireworks-related injuries.”
Firework Safety Tips
The National Council on Fireworks Safety gives us some excellent safety tips to remember when celebrating with fireworks. Many of these tips are obvious such as:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. Many areas won’t allow the use of personal fireworks within city limits, for example.
- A responsible adult should always supervise firework activity. And,
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
However, many of these great tips may get lost among the festivities if folks aren’t careful. Tips such as:
- Light one firework at a time and then move away quickly. The “move away quickly” part people tend to remember. However, how many times have you seen your buddy want to create his own firework show “grand finale” and light several at a time? This is not a safe practice and should not be done.
- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. Please don’t try to save a buck by relighting a firework that doesn’t work. It’s not worth the pain and suffering that could occur if it does work when you aren’t expecting it. Please take the time to ensure that it is extinguished properly.
Happy 4th of July
We hope you have a fantastic Independence Day celebrated with family and friends. We hope you enjoy great food, fun, and laughter. We even hope you enjoy a spectacular firework display! However, we want you to please be safe while you celebrate. Please review all the safety tips prior to beginning your celebration. Another option: pack a picnic dinner, grab your family and friends, and head out to a city-wide celebration (and leave the firework displays to the experts).
★Happy 4th of July!★
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