How to Celebrate with Fireworks While Preventing Accidents and Injuries

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For many families, enjoying an Independence Day fireworks show is one of the most beloved and exciting events of summer. Unfortunately, these sparkling light shows come with their fair share of risk. Before you make your plans to enjoy the fireworks this summer, the healthcare specialists at Riverside Community Hospital want to help you learn the best ways to keep your family safe.

Attend a Public Show
One of the best ways to avoid the potential burns and eye injuries associated with lighting fireworks is to avoid using them altogether. Do not introduce any fireworks, sparklers, rockets, or firecrackers into your home—instead, enjoy a public fireworks show put on by professionals in your area.

Prevent Children from Using Fireworks
If you do plan on setting off fireworks or firecrackers at your home, make sure children are unable to use them. Even small sparklers can reach very dangerous temperatures that may lead to serious burns if not handled carefully by an adult. Once the show is over, soak all fireworks in water before disposing of them and do not allow children to pick up any remaining fragments.

Be Prepared
Fireworks should always be lit outdoors with a bucket of water nearby in case of an accident. Keep a safe distance from any fireworks that are being lit. If you are lighting the fireworks, wear protective eyewear and make sure all body parts are clear while lighting. It’s also a good idea to have someone trained in first aid nearby in case someone suffers a serious burn.

If an accident does happen this summer, be sure to have an emergency care plan in place to ensure your loved ones get the expert care they need. Riverside Community Hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide high-quality medical care. Contact our staff today at (951) 788-3000 to get more helpful information about staying healthy this summer.

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