MedStar Offers Tips on Fireworks Safety this Holiday Week


June 30, 2017 - MedStar encourages residents to celebrate our nation's heritage on the Fourth of July, but celebrate safely. While it is against the law to use or even possess fireworks in the City of Fort Worth, as well as almost every incorporated city in our service area, the holiday typically brings a few 9-1-1 calls for traumatic injuries and burns related to fireworks-related activities.


MedStar recommends these firework safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:


- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.

- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

- Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.

- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.

- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

 

 

And let’s not forget the safety of our pets!

- Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.

- If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.

- Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.

- Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.