Be Safe When Using Fireworks

When you hear the words ‘Independence Day’ your initial thoughts could include images of the good times that you will have with your friends and family. You might also contemplate an annual parade that you normally attend, or you might simply look forward to all of the good food that you will consume with the people who you enjoy spending time with on July 4th. However, one of your first thoughts that pertain to this holiday could also involve the fireworks and celebration of Independence Day through pyrotechnic displays.

That has certainly been a long-standing tradition to commemorate our nation’s independence, and that is a justifiable reason for celebration. But unfortunately, injuries as the result of fireworks are most common during the weeks immediately before and after July 4th. Health-related issues due to fireworks can include burns, lacerations, contusions, and the unwanted results of foreign objects hitting the eye. If you decide to become involved with fireworks, you should also take all safety precautions in order to protect yourself your family and your friends.

The U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has estimated that nearly 13,000 people required emergency care due to injuries that were related to fireworks in 2017. That includes 67% of these issues that took place during a 30-day period between mid-June and mid-July. The majority of these injuries were located in the fingers, hands, legs, head, legs, and arms. 36% of these injuries involved children under the age of 15.

Safety Tips When Using Fireworks

If you decide to become involved with fireworks, you should also take all safety precautions in order to protect yourself, your family, and your friends. Here are some basic tips from the U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that can dramatically reduce the risk of injuries if you are participating in fireworks activities.

1. Make sure that fireworks are legal where you live before you purchase them or use them

2. Do not buy fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is an indication that they were built for professional displays. This adds a sizable amount of danger for you and your family

3. Do not allow young children to play with fireworks, and absolutely never allow young children to ignite fireworks. You should also know that young children experience injuries due to sparklers which burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – which is hot enough to melt certain metals

4. Adult supervision is mandatory at all times regarding any level of fireworks activities

5. While your kids and other children are watching the fireworks activities, it is essential that they do so at a safe distance

6. Do not position any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when you are lighting the fuse. You should also move to a safe distance away from the fireworks 

7. You should avoid attempting to relight any fireworks that have not fully ignited, and you should never pick up any fireworks that failed to ignite

8. You should avoid attempting to light more than one firework element at a time

9. Absolutely never point or throw fireworks at another individual regardless of whether they are an adult or a child

10. Do not carry fireworks in your pocket

11. Avoid shooting fireworks from inside a glass or metal container

11. You should keep a garden hose or a bucket of water nearby your fireworks in the event that there is a fire or another type of emergency

12. After the fireworks have finished burning, you should use a sizable amount of water on them with a hose or bucket before you place them in a trash container

How To Treat Burns 

If there is an injury from fireworks activity that results in first degree burns then the severity of the injury would be the equivalent of a mild sunburn. The appearance would contain a superficial redness, could also possibly includes blisters, and the area would not be longer than three inches. If that is the case, you can treat the burned area by cleaning it with cool water. But you should make sure that the water is only cool and avoid using cold water for this process.

You should not attempt to break any burn blisters because they form in order to safeguard against infection. You should also cover the area with a moist sterile dressing. This should be wrapped loosely, which will keep the area from being exposed to air while also shielding the burned skin.

If the burn area is larger than three inches, is extremely dry, or is deep, then immediate medical attention will be necessary. It is also important to remember that even if the pain from a more severe burn isn’t excruciating, these burns will are deeper and will damage the nerve endings,

Prior to the emergence of medical assistance, the burn should still be covered with a moist, cool, bandage in a similar fashion to the less serious burns. You should not submerge the burn in water as this can could result in hypothermia, which is the loss of body heat.    

If a piece of debris makes contact with the eye, it is important not to rub the eye. Instead, it should be covered in order to protect it from any additional contact. If there is a particle still remaining in the eye, then you can attempt to rinse it with eyewash. But if this does not alleviate the issue, the medical attention is required.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center, we want you and your family to enjoy all of your activities this summer while remaining safe in the process. If you have any questions or concerns about using fireworks or about an incident that occurred during the use of fireworks, do not hesitate to contact us. At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity Of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

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Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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