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Friday, June 30, 2017

Fourth of July Safety Tips

Flipping burgers and fireworks with friends and family are what the Fourth of July is all about. It is also unfortunately one of the busiest days of the year in the ER. A record number of people land there with burns and other severe injuries from fireworks, grilling mishaps, or accidents by the pool.

We at Texas Orthopedics hope that everyone has a fun-filled Fourth of July, but we want to share a few quick reminders to keep you safe as well:

  • Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks, and keep a supply of water or a fire extinguisher close by.
  • Never aim fireworks directly at people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials.
  • Only light one firework at a time, and toss a ‘dud’ into water if it doesn’t work the first time. 
  • Consider leaving the fireworks to the experts, and attend a professional display instead. Check out one of these fireworks celebrations around town.
  • When grilling, always make sure the grill is supervised at all times, and watch out for children playing in close proximity.
  • Use long-handled tools made specifically for grilling rather than regular kitchen utensils to keep a safe distance from the flame.
  • Only add lighter fluid to the grill prior to igniting the flame.
Accidents around the pool are also common, especially during large holiday gatherings. Remember that drowning can happen in as little as six inches of water, so do not let children swim unattended. Also, remind everyone to walk on the pool deck to avoid slipping, and never dive into shallow water.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July from Texas Orthopedics!

(Adapted from the American Red Cross)

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