Brush up on your fireworks safety knowledge
The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and that means it’s almost time to light up the sky with fireworks! But did you know that nearly 11,000 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2016? Even more astonishing is that 31% were children under the age of 15.
As you prepare for your independence Day celebrations, take a minute to brush up on these fireworks safety habits:
- Leave it to the experts. Fremont County has several great fireworks shows happening this week and next. Grab your lawn chairs and sit back, relax and enjoy the show from a distance.
- Be extra careful with sparklers. Did you know these can burn up to 1,200 degrees? That’s 6x’s hotter than boiling water! According to SafeKids.org, little arms are too short to hold sparklers. A great alternative they suggest is to give little ones a glow stick instead.
- Take precautions. Never light fireworks near dry grass, stand back at least 500 ft., do not wear loose clothing, and always keep a close eye on children. A large percentage of injuries are of bystanders, not just those lighting the fireworks.
- Be prepared for injury or accident.
- Firework didn’t go off? Do not investigate! Drown it with water and dispose.
- Always keep buckets of water, hoses, and a fire extinguisher handy.
- In case of injury, head to your nearest hospital immediately. Eye injury? Do not touch or rub it or you could make it worse. More fireworks eye safety tips here.
SageWest Health Care wishes you all a safe and happy 4th of July Celebration!
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