• Mandi Franklin, CPNP

Don't Get Hurt This 4th of July!



The Fourth of July is right around the corner.🇺🇸

This holiday, which honors the birth of American independence is usually celebrated with fireworks and sparklers. 🎇


According to the 2019 Fireworks Annual Report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were the cause of approximately 10,000 injuries treated in emergency rooms (within the United States) in 2019. 🏥


"Children 0 to 4 years of age had the highest estimated rate of emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries (5.3 injuries per 100,000 people). Older teens, 15 to 19 years of age, had the second highest estimated rate (4.4 injuries per 100,000 people)." 👎🏻🤕


Here are a few tips to ensure a safe holiday weekend:

-ALWAYS have an adult supervising fireworks, sparklers etc.

-NEVER leave a child unattended

-NEVER allow children to play with fireworks, rockets etc.

-If using sparklers, ensure you and your family are keeping them away from their bodies, face, and hair

-Keep a safe distance from you and fireworks and/or sparklers

-NEVER make your own fireworks or use any homemade fireworks

-NEVER point fireworks toward people, buildings, or pets

-Do night re-light fireworks

-Do not pick up debris and ensure the safety of all children after the fireworks show

-Keep water nearby

-Wear protective eyewear

-Never light indoors

-Ensure fireworks are legal in your area

-Lastly, consider safer options such as confetti or glowsticks


Please be safe and smart this holiday weekend!!! 💕


Until next time,

Mandi

Resource

https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/2019-Fireworks-Annual-Report.pdf?La_ZzaoEeI_FXhMNJSoIyO8BhrBbcA4B

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