Fireworks Safety Tips for the 4th of July
July 4th and fireworks go hand-in-hand with each other and is the one night of the year when the night sky is lit up with an assortment of colors. For many, it is tradition to light fireworks off, while others simply enjoy being a spectator and watch the marvel in the sky.
The most common fireworks lit up on Independence Day include:
-Ground and Flying Spinners
-Rockets and Missiles
While lighting these up can be fun and lively, there is always a chance of an accident occurring when not using the proper safety. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday, with firecrackers accounting for the majority of those injuries (23%). In addition, males account for 74% of injuries, while females account for 26% of injuries.
The most common injuries when using fireworks are burns, accounting for more than half the injuries that happen. The most common places on the body that are injured are typically the hands, fingers and face.
The following tips should be taken to avoid any injuries this Independence Day:
-Fireworks should be lit one at a time.
-Move back quickly once lit.
-Always use fireworks outdoors
-Never try to re-light and/or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
-Always keep a bucket of water or hose handy.
-Make sure fireworks are legal to light up in your area before using them.
-Do not allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
FastMed encourages everyone to follow these tips and be safe this July 4th. FastMed Urgent Care is open 365 days a year, and is able to provide non-life threatening, acute ambulatory treatment at any of our clinics. Our staff is able to treat most injuries that you may get from handling fireworks. If you or someone you know sustain an injury, please go to your nearest FastMed Urgent Care, which can be found by visiting fastmed.com.