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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What’s the Best Way to Be Safe Around Fireworks?

Posted By: Advancing Care

“If you’re entertaining with fireworks this summer, it’s critical to take all safety precautions,” says Mariana Shaut, Administrative Director of Emergency Services at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

In the month around Independence Day, Shaut says, an average of 230 people nationwide visit the emergency room daily with fireworks-related injuries.

According to Shaut, it’s safest to leave fireworks to the professionals, but if you decide to employ them yourself, here are tips to follow:

  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case of a fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, on a flat, smooth surface, away from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
    Make sure you, children and others watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.