Fireworks Safety
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in children and adults.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges consumers to follow these important safety tips:

• Only use fireworks outdoors.

• Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing and hair.

• Never try to make your own fireworks.

• Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest.

• Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.

• Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances.

• Light one firework at a time and never re-light a dud.

• Always have a bucket of water or water hose nearby.

• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July. For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.