Hi, I'm Deb Raptis, RN, nurse manager for Hudson Hospital Emergency Center. Welcome to my blog!
Did you know…Fireworks-related injuries send about 10,000 people each year to the emergency rooms? Sparklers, fountains and other flammable novelties account for 40 percent of all emergency room fireworks injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Committee. Did you know sixty percent of all fireworks injuries occur during the 30 days surrounding the July 4 holiday. More than half of these reported injuries involved burns to the hands, head and face. About 1,000 reported injuries involved sparklers and bottle rockets, fireworks that are frequently and incorrectly considered safe for young children.
Here are a few summertime fireworks safety tips from our Emergency Center:
• Use fireworks outdoors only
• Always have water on hand (a hose or bucket)
• Only use fireworks as intended, don’t try to alter them or combine them
• Never relight a dud firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak in a bucket of water
• Keep spectators a safe distance from the shooter
• Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix
• Don’t light off fireworks in a metal or glass container
Have a fun, safe and healthy 4th of July holiday weekend!
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