Happy 4th of July!

Word on Health wishes all of our readers a happy independence day holiday. We’ll be back tomorrow bringing you news from the world of health.  Until then, we’d like you to all stay safe while enjoying the fireworks by following these tips:

  • Never try to make your own fireworks
  • Buy only legal fireworks  and store them in a cool, dry place
  • Always use fireworks outside
  • Kids should never play with fireworks. Rockets, firecrackers and even sparklers are just too dangerous
  • If you must give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from their face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit  — hot enough to melt gold
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents
  • Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction
  • Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest
  • Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting
  • Avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances
  • Light one firework at a time and never relight a dud
  • Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can
  • Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured
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