Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Most everyone loves fireworks, but be sure and follow these rules for safety to ensure a good time with no injuries.
Fireworks are a staple of Fourth of July celebrations all over the country. From gazing at the sky with ooohs and aaahs to neighborhood rockets and firecrackers in the yard, they’re fun. But they’re also dangerous. On average, 280 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the period around the July 4th holiday. Marshall Medical urges you to be safe this holiday by following the recommended safety tips from the The National Council on Fireworks Safety, Inc.
• Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
• Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
• A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
• Drinking and fireworks do not mix. Save alcohol for after the show.
• Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
• Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
• Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
• Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
• Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
• Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
• Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
• FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
• Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
And let’s not forget the safety of our pets!
• Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
• If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
• Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
• Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.
Whether it's fireworks-related or some other accident, the Marshall Medical ERs at North and South are ready to help 24-7 - visit us here for location and other details.