CoAuthors: Ashley R. Bradshaw, RN, Director of Emergency Services, Sovah Health-Danville & Brad Shelton, RN, BSN, Director of Emergency Services, Sovah Health-Martinsville
As we approach the July 4th holiday, people across our country are gearing up to celebrate our nation’s independence. Ensuring a safe celebration should be at the top of everyone’s list. Remember COVID-19 is still here and we should be doing everything we can to stop the spread of this virus, such as practicing social distancing, wearing a mask or cloth face covering, frequent washing of hands and staying home if you’re feeling ill.
Independence Day is a holiday with unique safety challenges – namely, fireworks. Americans have enjoyed the thrill of fireworks for centuries, but the fireworks, firecrackers, sparklers and rockets that often appear around July 4th can be very dangerous, causing severe eye injuries, burns, loss of limbs and, even, death.
With many fireworks shows being canceled this year due to the ongoing pandemic, you may be thinking of having some fireworks fun in your own backyard (if legally able to do so). Follow these guidelines to keep your focus on a safe time for all:
Following these helpful tips, taking the proper precautions and engaging in some thoughtful planning can go a long way to keep everyone safe. Should you or anyone you’re with succumb to illness or injury, it’s important to seek proper medical attention immediately and – in cases of emergency – call 911.
For more information on fireworks safety, visit www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks