By: Jillian Weissman, MD, Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program
It’s almost that time of year that many Americans look forward to – Fourth of July. The weather is warm, friends and family gather to celebrate independence and of course, colorful bursts of light dance in the sky.
Thousands of people flock to local fireworks shows and some even participate on their own, right in their backyard. What many do not realize are the potential safety hazards that can occur. This year, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare wants to share the safest ways to enjoy your celebration.
• Know your fireworks. Read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. Also, it is best to designate an adult who lights the fireworks.
• Check with your local jurisdiction to see the firework regulations before using them.
• Always use fireworks/sparklers outdoors.
• Soak used fireworks/sparklers with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can. If you have a “dud” firework, wait 20 minutes after lighting it and then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Allow young children to handle or use fireworks. After the firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, as they may still be active.
• Alter or modify consumer fireworks. They are to be used only in the manner in which they were intended.
• Light fireworks near leaves or other flammable substances.
• Drink and ignite. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
For more information or to schedule an appointment at the Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, please call 431-5430 or visit TMH.org.