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Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many large-scale events will be cancelled this year. Many of the nation's parades and public firework displays will not occur this year.
Experts believe this will increase the amount of dangerous and illegal fireworks. Even the "safe and sane" fireworks are likely to cause damage. A simple sparkler can put out 1,200 degrees. Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
In case you didn't know, each year 19,500 fires are started by fireworks, 44% of those in the emergency room are there for burns, and half of the fireworks injuries seen at emergency rooms were extremities: hand, finger, or leg. One-third were to the eye or other parts of the head.
Since, we can't tell people to attend a public show this year, we've decided to share some safety tips for the day.
This will likely be one of most dangerous 4th of July as well as the days ensuing and after since 4th of July falls on a Friday.
There are plenty of fun things to do but keeping safety in mind should be your main priority.
- Do not drive drunk.
- Do not use your phone while driving.
- Tell someone your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive.
- Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- Know local weather conditions.
- Let others know when you hit the water and when you plan to return.
- Do not swim alone or leave children unattended!
- Do not grill indoors
- Keep the grill away from the house or anything that could catch fire.
The most important thing this holiday is to practice common sense, social distance, and have fun
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