The Fourth of July is a holiday filled with fireworks, food and fun in the sun. While Mission Health emergency rooms are safe and ready to provide care, before enjoying the holiday weekend make sure safety precautions are in place to avoid getting burned this summer.
In 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 10,500 people treated in emergency rooms across the country due to fireworks-related injuries. Over half of the injuries were burns to the hands and face.
Stay out of the ER with these tips:
Enjoy fireworks responsibly by reading and following the instructions.
Sparklers burn with temperatures as high as 2,000° F, which can cause severe burns or easily ignite clothing and hair.
Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. If you’ve been drinking, don’t use fireworks.
Never attempt to re-light a ‘dud’ firework. Wait 20 minutes, then submerge it in water.
Hot dogs on the grill? Perfection.
Skin sizzling from a grilling injury? Not so fun.
Keep children away from the grill at all times.
Use appropriate, long-handled grilling utensils that allow a safe distance from the grill.
Remember, even once done cooking, the grill can stay hot enough to burn for up to an hour — so don’t try to move the grill immediately after cooking is finished.
While taking precautions against sunburn may seem like an unwelcome interruption to summer fun, sunburns can cause long-lasting damage to skin.
Always wear appropriate amounts of sunscreen to avoid skin damage from UV rays, and don’t forget to re-apply frequently.
Take time out of the sun and avoid long amounts of direct exposure.
Shield eyes from harmful light by donning sunglasses and a favorite hat.