Fireworks Safety Tips

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Safety experts urge caution when using fireworks for a reason. Each Fourth of July in the U.S., thousands of people – mostly children and teens – end up in the Emergency Department with fireworks injuries.

Fireworks Stats

Did you know, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Firework-related accidents cause more than 11,000 injuries and seven deaths each every year.
  • Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 31 percent of the estimated 2016 injuries.
  • 39 percent of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were to individuals younger than 20 years of age.

Recommended Fireworks Safety Tips

  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a professional display.
  • Young children should not be permitted to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Reinforce withyour children essential fire safety tips, such as to "stop/drop/roll" and call 911.
  • If you do decide to light fireworks, make sure that you do it in an area that is open, away from homes/buildings and free from dry grass/leaves.Do not point or aim fireworks at a person, and make sure that people are out of range of the area where fireworks are being lit.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Do not use homemade or illegal fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time, and back up quickly after lighting.
  • Never re-light or pick up a firework that did not fully ignite.Wait 20 minutes, and then apply water before picking up.
  • Have a bucket of water or a hose nearby.

About Emergency Services

When medical emergencies arise, patients of all ages can count on the skilled physicians and specialized nurses of Doylestown Health Emergency Services. Fully equipped with private treatment areas, critical care suites and a designated pediatric/minor acute area, the Emergency department can handle any emergency while offering patients confidentiality and comfort. Dedicated resources for specialized care include the Woodall Chest Pain Center and a certified Stroke Resource Center, as well as affiliations with Jefferson Expert Teleconsulting and Temple MedFlight.

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