Firework Safety Tips
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela.
Happy Fourth of July! We hope your day consists of barbeques, a cool swimming pool or dip in the ocean, and that you are as excited to celebrate our Nations Independence Day as we are.
We know it's easy to forget "safety first," but we want to help keep you out of the emergency room or urgent care this holiday. So here are some great tips on firework safety and what to do in case of injury.
The Fourth of July is a notorious time for fireworks-related injuries and trips to the emergency room. According to a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are about 200+ fireworks injuries a day nationwide between mid-June and mid-July.
The most common cause of injuries is firecrackers, which are essentially gunpowder, followed by sparklers. Most people do not consider, when handing a young child a sparkler, that sparklers can reach extreme temperatures of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit.
We encourage all Floridians, in their pursuit of health, to enjoy a safe and injury-free Independence Day celebration. That means leaving the fireworks to the professionals and enjoying one of the many fireworks displays offered in communities across Florida
If you decide to handle fireworks, here is some sensible advice in case of injury:
- First and foremost remain calm
- Only the mildest of injuries should be treated at home
- The best course of action is to seek medical care
Urgent care centers can treat minor cuts, burns and abrasions, as well as some sprains and fractures Individuals with more severe injuries should go to the emergency room or be transported by ambulance, especially in the case of head trauma or loss of consciousness
For additional information on health and wellness, visit your neighborhood Florida Blue Center or CPSC's Fireworks Safety page, and from all of us at Florida Blue we wish you and your family a happy and healthy Fourth of July!
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