With summer in full swing, the team at PrimeCare Urgent Care would like to highlight one of the most common summer injuries that we treat in our facility: burns resulting from the use of amateur fireworks. Few things are more exciting than a 4th of July fireworks display, but taking matters into your own hands can have disastrous consequences if an accident occurs. The following tips are offered in the hopes of making your next pyrotechnics show safe and enjoyable.
Be Sure to Obey the Law
It is important to understand that different areas have different laws when it comes to amateur fireworks displays. In some states, certain types of fireworks are prohibited, while other areas are more lenient. Be sure to check that the products you plan to use are legal in the area where they will be set off. It is also important to understand that any property or personal damage caused by an amateur fireworks display could result in personal injury or property damage litigation.
Keep a Water Source Nearby
Before using fireworks of any size or magnitude, it is essential to have water handy in case something goes wrong. It is recommended to keep a bucket or tub of water near the site and also to have a charged water hose within a short distance. Explosives can bring about a rapid change in the immediate environment, and being able to put out any resulting fires is the most important safety precaution to take.
Dispose of Spent Fireworks Properly
Once the fireworks have been deployed, it is important to dispose of the spent materials safely. Even after the show is complete, the spent casings and other materials can retain a significant amount of heat, as well as lingering embers in some cases. These materials should be thoroughly wetted down before being disposed of in a metal trash bin. The bin must then be placed a safe distance from any structures, trees or other potentially flammable materials.
How to Treat a Firework Burn
If a burn is unavoidable, it is important to take immediate steps to treat the affected area. Begin by running cool, clean water over the affected area for at least ten to fifteen minutes. Follow by placing a clean, damp towel over the burn, and seek medical treatment right away. Never attempt home remedies such as putting butter on the burn. Finally, if you have not had a recent tetanus shot, consider making an appointment to have a booster shot. Burns can lead to tetanus, even ones that are minor in nature.
At PrimeCare Urgent Care, our team of professionals hopes that you have a safe and enjoyable summer. If you find yourself in need of urgent care medical services, we invite you to come in and seek treatment right away. We offer fast, affordable medical care for a variety of illnesses and injuries, and can provide the care you need to get back out and back into action during the warm months of summer.