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CRHC Encourages Everyone to Celebrate Safely this 4th of July

06/09/17

Clarinda, IA (June 9, 2017): We are quickly approaching the first ever season of legal fireworks in Iowa. The providers and staff at Clarinda Regional Health Center want to remind everyone that safety should always come first when lighting or shooting fireworks.

In 2014, the Consumer Product Safety Commission surveyed fireworks injuries from June 20 through July 20.  They learned that 230 people on average went to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries during the survey period. They also found that nationally during that period 9 people died due to 8 fireworks-related incidents. In at least 2 of those incidents, the victims were not the users.

The 2014 study also concluded that 36% of the injuries were to hands and fingers, 19% to the head, face or ears and that more than 50% of all fireworks related injuries were burns.

The USPSC has compiled a list of helpful reminders for those who plan to celebrate the upcoming holiday with fireworks.

Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths. How? By working with a national, state or local organization where you live to promote fireworks safety in your community.

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:

  • 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.

For additional information from the USCPSC, go to https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/.