Sunday, July 3, 2011
Fourth of July Firework Safety
We hope you are all having a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend! The AAP(American Academy of Pediatrics) continues to urge families NOT to buy fireworks for their own or their children's use. Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires and even death. The AAP is part of the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, a group of health and safety organizations that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and to only enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.
However, here are a few tips if you choose to be around Fireworks this weekend.
Fireworks Safety Tips: From the Consumer Product Safety Commission or www.cpsc.gov
**Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
**Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
**Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
**Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. **Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
**Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
**Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
**Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
**Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
**Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
**After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
**Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
To read more about firework safety go to www.cpsc.gov/info/fireworks
Also click here for a great link about safety for kids and fireworks.
Or check out this website http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/fireworkssafety.htm
Happy Fourth of July from everyone here at Willow Creek Pediatrics!
**info from AAP and cpsc.gov