Firework Safety aiming to keep you healthy over the holiday

It is no secret that most families will want to shoot fireworks during the Fourth of July but Winston Medical Center wants to make you aware of a few things to be cautious of during the festivities to make sure that you have a safe holiday.

Two out of five fires reported on the Fourth of July are started by fireworks. Each July Fourth, thousands of people, often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5-19 and adults 25-44. Nearly 90% of emergency room fireworks injuries involve fireworks consumers are permitted to use.

“In my 34 years of service at Winston Medical Center, I have seen children and adults come in and out of the Emergency Room with firework injuries primarily on hands but most all of the injuries could have been prevented by taking small steps of caution,” stated Paula Harris, WMC Emergency Room Supervisor.

For a safe and healthy Independence Day celebration, Winston Medical Center wants to urge observance of the following tips:

First, always be cautious while engaging in your firework show including the small items such as sparklers and firecrackers. The tip of a sparkler burns at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause a third-degree burn.

Remember, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Never allow children to play with fireworks of any type.

Get away. Remember to keep you and your family safe by staying distant from the fireworks.

If you find unexploded fireworks, do not touch them.

Place protective eyewear on children.

Clear your area of flammable materials.

Keep water handy.

The TOP recommendation from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to let the professionals handle the firework displays.

Winston Medical Center is a proud sponsor of the firework show that is hosted annually at Lake-Tia-O-Khata by local sponsors and Winston County Economic Development.

Winston Medical Center encourages you to attend the Red, White, and Blue parade at 6:00 on Main Street followed by the firework show that will be handled by the professionals at the Louisville Fire Department beginning at 9:00 p.m.

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