Make safety a priority this Fourth of July!

fireworks injuriesAny nurse who has worked in an emergency department, especially in a children’s hospital, dreads the Fourth of July.

We’ve seen what fireworks can do to a hand. Or a face. It’s not pretty. (Look on YouTube if you don’t believe me.)

Every state has its own laws on what fireworks are legal. Many cities and communities ban fireworks because of fire danger.

But even legal fireworks are risky and bans don’t necessarily stop people from doing stupid things.

The American Academy of Pediatrics makes this statement on their website:

​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to urge families NOT to buy fireworks for their own or their children’s use, as thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured each year while using consumer fireworks.

Here are a few more resources to help make this Fourth of July a safe one!

 

  • Fireworks Safety Tips: Burn Unit, Nebraska Medical

 

And here’s one of my own, just in case: First aid for fireworks injuries

Stay safe!

Frugal Nurse

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Make safety a priority this Fourth of July! — 2 Comments

  1. Great post! As a pediatric Nurse Manager, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Parents, keep the fireworks far away. When you take your kids to the fireworks always have them wear ear protection. Don’t forget about those sparklers. They like to burn little fingers. Happy 4th of July!

    • Hi John, thanks for the comment in support of fireworks safety! Funny how we tell kids over and over not to play with fire and then give them sparklers on the Fourth of July! Kind of like “stranger danger” and sitting on Santa’s lap 🙂 Great tip about the ear protection, too! Happy 4th! FN

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