Pass on the safety tips if you can’t take a pass on fireworks

By: July 2nd, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

It’s not typically an issue for healthcare workplaces, but the safety junkie in me would be remiss if I did not post a reminder about fireworks safety during Independence Day.

Each year, approximately 8,000 people, some of them children, seek hospital treatment for fireworks-related injuries, according the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Fireworks go with the Fourth of July celebrations, but they can be dangerous, and consumer use of fireworks is illegal in many sates.

If fireworks are legal where you live, and if you have coworkers or patients who will set them off, be sure they follow these important safety tips from the 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 nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

Now, with that bit of a warning, have an enjoyable and safe Fourth of July.


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