Avoid Tragedy on the Fourth of July
From barbecues and cooling off by the pool, to scenic firework shows, the Fourth of July often means a fun-filled day for families across the United States. However, patriotic fun can quickly take a devastating turn if proper safety precautions are not deployed.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were eight fireworks-related deaths and over 12,000 fireworks-related injuries in 2017.
“It’s important to be proactive about fireworks safety. We see the most burn injuries during the summer months when fireworks are being used for holidays like the Fourth of July,” said Dr. Ben Coopwood Jr., surgeon with Ascension Seton. “Using common sense and taking safety precautions can help prevent tragedy on what should be a fun day for the entire family.”
Tips to keep you and your little “fire crackers” safe
Fireworks-related injuries can affect the entire family; sparklers, commonly used by children, burn at 2,000 degrees and were the number one cause of injuries in 2017 according to CPSC.
“Adults and children are at risk for fireworks-related injuries if fireworks are not used safely,” said Coopwood. “If older children are playing with fireworks, they should be closely supervised, and adults should use fireworks responsibly.”
Follow these simple tips for fireworks safety this Fourth of July:
- Point fireworks away from you and occupied areas, even when they aren’t lit.
- Do not let young children use sparklers and closely monitor older children’s use.
- Keep a water source nearby in case of fire and accidents.
- Only use legal fireworks approved for consumer use.
- Enjoy a public commercial show if possible.