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Fireworks hurt children each year, says UMC

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - University Medical Center says each year about 3,000 children nationwide end up in the emergency room during 4th of July celebrations.   Here are UMC's top three reminders for staying safe with fireworks: 

  • Always read and follow directions on the label. 
  • Always have an adult present to supervise your fireworks fun.   
  • Always buy from a reliable fireworks dealer. 

There are more ideas for staying safe, courtesy of UMC, posted below.


Tips for a Safe 4th of July


(June 30, 2009) Across the South Plains this weekend, families and children the Fourth of July. Nationally, over 3,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries.

The excitement of fireworks is an important part of the magic of the Fourth of July for children and adults. However, it is critical safety remain a priority while around fireworks. By following these safety tips, risks associated with fireworks can be minimized:

  • Always read and FOLLOW directions on the label.
  • Always have an adult present to supervise your fireworks fun.
  • Always buy from a reliable fireworks dealer.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Always use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass and
  • trees.
  • Always have water handy. A water hose close by is excellent.
  • Always store your fireworks safely, preferably in a closed box, away
  • from any source of accidental ignition.
  • Always store your fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Always only light one item at a time.
  • Never try to re-light malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Never give ANY firework item to small children.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at another person.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot (fire) fireworks from metal or glass containers.
  • Never experiment with, modify or attempt to make your own fireworks.
  • Never use a open flame to light a firework (match, lighter or cigarette)
  • Always use a lighter provider with the fireworks.

One more thing to remember:  PETS can be frightened by loud noises and bright flashes. Keep your pets indoors while enjoying your fireworks.

UMC Health System is the leader in comprehensive healthcare delivery in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Founded in 1978, it is home to the region UMC Heart Center, the UMC Southwest Cancer Treatment and Research Center, and the UMC Children's Hospital.


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