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Firework Safety Talk From First Med Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care: Fireworks Can Be Dangerous

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 240 people on average go to the emergency room every day in the month surrounding Independence Day. Urgent care equipment only allows for treatment of minor burns and because we don’t want you to have to visit an ER, we are helping to spread the word about firework safety. If you plan to purchase your own fireworks this year, our urgent care staff is bringing you the CPSC’s suggested safety tips:

1.) Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
2.) Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
3.) Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
4.) Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
5.) Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
6.) Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
7.) Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
8.) Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
9.) Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
10.) After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
11.) Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Our urgent care staff knows there will always be those who prefer to buy their own fireworks. While there is nothing wrong with setting off your own fireworks in a safe location, it does matter how you choose to use them. Going about your firework celebration the wrong way could result in minor or major injuries. Don’t spend your designated family time visiting an urgent care or ER. Enjoy your outdoor festivities by being safe. If you can help it, First Med Urgent Care suggests visiting a firework show put on by professionals.