Spend July 4th with your family - not in the emergency room

July 1, 2011 by Molly Huff

Almost 6,000 Americans spend part of their Fourth of July holiday in the emergency room or phyisician's offce every year due to fireworks injuries. The injuries included contusions, lacerations and foreign bodies in the eye, among others.  In the end, it is really better to enjoy a professional fireworks display - but, if you are going to set off fireworks yourself this Fourth of July, there are several safety tips you can follow to keep you and your family out of harm’s way:

  • Use fireworks outdoor only
  • Obey local laws – if fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them
  • Always have a water hose or bucket of water handy
  • Only use fireworks as intended – do not try to alter or combine them
  • Never relight a “dud” firework – wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water to ensure it is out
  • Use common sense.  Spectators should keep a safe distance from the administrator who should always wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix – have a “designated shooter” if alcohol is a part of your event
  • Only people over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers or fireworks of any type; and even then, adults should be supervising
  • Don’t ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives
  • If anyone does get hurt during the lighting of fireworks, call 911 immediately
    Affinity Health Clinc wishes you a safe and happy Fourth of July!