Next week is the 4th of July and you’ve probably already taken the quiz Brian linked to yesterday to help get you in the mood to celebrate
This is where I come in and rain on everyone’s parade (sorry!).
According to PREVENT BLINDNESS AMERICA, nearly 13,000 fireworks victims keep hospitals busy every year. More than half of those injured are children. Fireworks not only injure users, but also 40 percent of fireworks mishaps injure bystanders.
The three types of fireworks that keep hospital emergency rooms busy during this holiday period are bottle rockets, firecrackers, and sparklers. Bottle rockets and firecrackers can fly in any direction prior to exploding and sparklers burn at temperatures hot enough to melt gold.
If fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips (From the US Consumer Product Safety Commission):
-- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks
-- Read and follow all warnings and instructions
-- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
-- Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
-- Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
-- Keep a bucket of water in case of a malfunction or fire.
-- Know where the closest phone is located-or carry a cell phone-in case a fire occurs and the fire department is needed.
If an injury does occur:
- Stay calm, and keep your child as calm as possible.
- If your clothes catch on fire, lie on the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll. Make sure your child knows how to do this. Seek medical help for burns.
- If an eye injury occurs from a fireworks explosion, do not rub, rinse or self-medicate the eye. Seek medical help immediately, even if the injury seems mild.
Have a spectacular July 4, and remember to play it safe!