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Burn Awareness Week Facts: Fireworks

 

DO

  • Consider safer alternatives such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers
  • Observe your local & state laws
  • Have a designated sober adult light all legal fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time & move away quickly
  • Keep children and other observers at a safe distance – behind a protective barrier
  • Store fireworks out of children’s reach
  • Keep a bucket of water close for disposal of fireworks

 

 THE FACTS:

 

  • Sparklers can reach 2,000°F, hotter than a blow torch
  •  Thousands of fireworks injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments, often leaving permanent damage to eyes, hands and face
  •  Over 50% of fireworks injuries occur with people under the age of 20 years

 

DON’T

  • Allow children to handle fireworks – including sparklers
  •  Attempt to alter, modify or relight fireworks
  •  Point or throw lit fireworks at anyone
  •  Allow children to pick up the spent fireworks – some may still be active
  •  Ever hold lit fireworks in your hand
  •  Consume alcohol or drugs when lighting fireworks
  •  Forget you can be held legally and financially liable for injuries caused by using fireworks 

  

THE FIX:

  •  Cool the burn with COOL (not cold) water to stop the burning process
  •  Remove all clothing and jewelry from the injured area
  •  Cover the area with a dry clean sheet or loose bandages
  •  Seek medical attention

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