Summer Safety for July 4: Forget the sparklers – and other fireworks safety

Fireworks (and burn injuries)

If you are setting off fireworks this weekend, it is your responsibility to keep people safe.

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  • Your ignition area should be clear of trees and branches, and point away from buildings.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Have a bucket of water ready, and a hose nearby.
  • Never re-light a dud.

One more note on fireworks: sparklers are the most dangerous.

They cause about 20% of fireworks injuries, and some of the most serious burn injuries to children.

It makes sense: there’s no other situation in which it is acceptable to give a small child a stick burning at 1200 degrees or more.

It’s not OK on July 4, either.

Burn treatment

Most people who set off fireworks have very good safety intentions, but it isn’t hard for things to go wrong when you are literally playing with fire.

Just in case something goes awry, review The Mayo Clinic burn first aid basics, and learn when to call for help.

Grilling

7,000 house fires are started by gas grills every year – most in June and July.

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As you celebrate with your family and friends this July 4th, keep these safety precautions in mind. Happy Independence Day from Coluccio Law!

 

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