Hey, parents! Make sure your kids read this blog too. With Memorial Day events and Fourth of July right around the bend, chances are you’re planning to see some fireworks. There’s nothing wrong with a little (or even a lot of) fireworks, as long as it’s done safely and avoid a trip to the emergency room.
How to Stay Out of the Emergency Room
The safest way to see fireworks is at a professional showing, but many families choose to do their own sparklers, poppers, snappers, and firecrackers at home. Remember: it’s important to let everyone around you—kids, teens, and adults—know that fireworks can cause serious injuries including blindness, burns, and loss of fingers. Emergency Room reports indicate that hand injuries are the most common injuries related to fireworks. They can also start fires.
To avoid winding up in the emergency room on what should be a festive day, here are some tips from Hospitality Health ER to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Stay a good distance away from fireworks, especially if they are being set off by people that aren’t professionals. It’s not just people who light the firecrackers that get hurt, but also the people watching nearby.
- Only allow adults to light fireworks.
- Do not use fireworks indoors under any circumstances, even sparklers. Sparklers get as hot as 1800 degrees. If you allow your kids to hold one, make sure an adult is standing close by to watch.
- Have a hose or water nearby in case of a fire.
- Light fireworks one at a time.
- Stay away from a firework that has not gone off.
- Never try to relight a firework that hasn’t gone off.
- Whenever you’re dealing with activities that pose risks, always know where the nearest emergency room is to you.