97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Celebrating the Fourth of July Safely

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

Aired 6.24.2019

The Fourth of July is right around the corner! Billboards for giant firework stores, firework tents, value size family firework kits, and giant packages of sparklers seem to be everywhere we go. Thousands of firework-related injuries requiring emergency room visits occur every year during the week of July 4th. While the Fourth of July is known for the family BBQ’s and fabulous fireworks, let’s leave the big fireworks to the professionals. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on how to keep your family safe during this years’ Fourth of July celebration.     

Fireworks at Home

  • Always have a bucket of water, water hose, and a fire extinguisher nearby;
  • Do not purchase illegal fireworks;
  • Ensure everyone is at a safe distance before lighting a firework;
  • Do not move, shake, or handle a used firework until 20 minutes after use.   Soak used firework in a bucket of water before throwing away.
  • Do not light fireworks indoors or near dry grass;
  • Never let children light fireworks.

Sparklers Are Safe Right?

What would the Fourth of July be without the timeless classic – The Sparkler?  Did you know, the Sparkler can get as hot as 2000 degrees. While Sparklers are fun, they can be dangerous too.

  • Only use Sparklers outside;
  • Close adult supervision is a MUST for children under the age of 12;
  • Never light or hold more than one sparkler at a time;
  • Always keep sparklers at arm’s length away from the body;
  • Stand at least 6 feet away from other people;
  • Don’t run, throw, or hand a lit sparkler to someone else;
  • Douse the sparkle in a bucket of water after use.  The stick is still extremely hot after the sparkler is done burning.  

The Safer Option

  • Check your local news for local firework shows;
  • For children, fill a piñata with candy, glow sticks, and more for a fun alternative.  
  • Fill and inflate a balloon with confetti then pop them for a flame-free firework;
  • Glow sticks, glow in the dark balloons, and confetti;
  • Confetti poppers;
  • Noisemakers.

 Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

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