HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Promotes Fireworks Safety

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DECATUR – St. Mary's Hospital is offering tips to avoid fireworks-related injuries over the Independence Day weekend.

These tips include:

1.       Do not allow small children to play with or light fireworks.

2.       Always have fireworks activities supervised by adults.

3.       Do not buy fireworks in brown paper packaging. These are for professional displays and can be very dangerous if not used properly.

4.       Keep spectators at a safe distance from all firework displays.

5.       Do not attempt to re-light or pick up a firework if it has not fully ignited.

6.       Do not point or throw fireworks in the direction of another person.

7.       Always have a bucket of water handy when igniting fireworks.

8.       Make sure the fireworks you have chosen are legal in your area, and that you obtain any required permits to use fireworks.

9.       In the event of an injury, call 911 immediately.

“We don't want you to have to make a trip to the Emergency Room on Independence Day. The best advice is to let professionals handle the fireworks,” Chief Medical Officer at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Dr. Phil Barnell explains.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the most common fireworks-related injuries are to the hands, fingers, head, face, ears and eyes. Injuries can be avoided by using caution and following the tips above.
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