Tuesday, June 30, 2015

5 Firework Safety Tips For You and Your Family

Fourth of July is this Saturday, you can probably tell by the abundance of red, white and blue everywhere you go. This holiday is where we get see fireworks light up the night skies, with all the excitement surrounding this holiday it's important to keep you and your family safe.

Here are 5 safety tips: source: kidshealth.org

  • Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C) — hot enough to melt gold.
  • Don't hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear some sort of eye protection, and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off.
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year.
  • Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or get injured.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
We hope all of our patients have fun this weekend and remember to share these tips with the entire family. Share your fun times with us by posting your photos on our Facebook page and we'll be sure to share.

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