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5 Dos and Don'ts to Prevent Firecracker-related Injuries

My Doctor Finder
December 07, 2015

It is once again the time of the year when purchasing fireworks and firecrackers are prevalent. Although the best advice is to stay away from it to prevent firecracker-related injuries, if you do decided to put on a show at your family's holiday celebrations, kindly use caution. Here are the 5 basic dos and don'ts when it comes to lighting a firecracker. [1]

  1. Buy fireworks and firecrackers from reliable and reputable sellers
    Don't cut corners just to save money. There will be hundreds of "cheap" offers when it comes to sellers. Whatever you do, don't buy fireworks from anywhere you're not sure about, such as the back of a van or from a temporary, unlicensed market stall.

  2. Follow the instructions on each firework
    There's no harm in reading the proper instructions. With this, one must read instructions and all cautionary labels.

  3. Always supervise children around fireworks and firecrackers
    We want children to enjoy fireworks but they need to know that they can be dangerous if they are not used properly. Each year, over half of all firework injuries are suffered by children. Did you know that sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil? Sparklers are not toys and should never be given to a child under five. According to the Department of Health, children and teenagers suffered most from firecrackers-related injuries. The DOH said children from 5 to 10 years old suffered 32% of these injuries, while adolescents from 11 to 20 years old suffered 33% of these. Data also showed males comprised 4 out of 5 injured persons while females consist of 1 out of 5. [2]
  4. Stay away from alcoholic drinks if you're setting off fireworks or firecrackers
    Only one person should be in charge of fireworks. Have a knowledgeable, sober adult in charge of handling all fireworks. Make your preparations in advance, and in daylight. Do not forget to prepare your match, a bucket of water, eye protection and gloves, and suitable supports and launchers.

  5. Do not go near a lit firecracker
    When you light a firecracker, do not lean over to light fireworks. Many people often do this to block the wind, but this is extremely dangerous. Also, do not try to re-light any fireworks that did not fully ignite.

To sum this up, always remember to dispose all of the fireworks properly. In case of an emergency, you may search the nearest hospital that may attend to your immediate medical emergency. You may locate it here: http://mydoctorfinder.com/hospitals/results

Have a safe holiday celebration!

 

Sources:
[1] "The Do's and Don'ts of Fireworks Safety" by Scrubbing In
[2] "Youth suffer most of PH's 730 fireworks-related injuries" by Paterno Esmaquel II of Rappler