The Cheney Wellness Cottage located at 2000 N. Forsyth Rd, Orlando, FL 32807 is CLOSED for renovations until further notice.

Please contact our office at 407-322-8645 to schedule your next appointment at one of other locations. If you have a question or need assistance, please email info@mytruehealth.org. We apologize for the inconvenience.

407-322-8645

Get Involved

Firework Safety

A Prescription for Firework Safety

July 3, 2017 at 5:58 pm

As we gear up for Independence Day celebrations, we encourage you to be mindful of firework safety to prevent our families from getting hurt. 

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 11,100 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries in 2016. The majority of these occurred between June 18 and July 18 – about 250 ER visits every day. A total of four people died as a result of direct impact from fireworks.

In the breakdown by age, children younger than 15 years accounted for 31% of all fireworks injuries. And even more heartbreaking is the fact that children under the age of 5 are at the second highest risk of injury, behind young adults ages 20 to 24.

What makes fireworks dangerous?

Popular at-home fireworks cause a large percentage of fireworks injuries. In 2016, firecrackers accounted for approximately 1,300 ER visits during the month surrounding July Fourth; sparklers accounted for 900; and bottle rockets came in at 400.

According to the 2016 CPSC report, the majority of injuries – 69% of ER visits in the month surrounding the holiday – are due to burns. This comes as no surprise: fireworks reach temperatures as high as 1800 °F (1000 °C), about 9 times hotter than boiling water.

The majority of reported injuries are due to misuse or malfunctioning fireworks. Misuse includes setting off fireworks improperly, mischief, placing and lighting off fireworks inside of your body part, and lighting fireworks in your hand. Malfunctions include tip-over accidents, errant flight paths, short fuses, blow-outs, and fragments.

Most Injured Body Parts according to CPSC 2016 fireworks report. Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fireworks Information Center, 2017.

Firework Safety Tips

To prevent these types of injuries, here are a few tips for using fireworks safely:

  • Consider going to a public fireworks display instead of celebrating at home. Only 4% of injuries resulting in ER visits in 2016 resulted from public displays – it’s the non-professionals at home who are at the highest risk for injury. Besides, at a public display you can enjoy your friends and family while creating memories with your entire community.
  • Never let young children light off fireworks, and always have adult supervision. Remember that children under the age of 15 account for one-third of ER visits due to fireworks. Fireworks are explosive devices – and they can be unpredictable.  
  • Keep your distance. Make sure that no part of your body is over the firework when lighting the fuse. Never hold a lit firework in your hand or carry unlit ones in your pocket. Light them one at a time, and move away quickly. This helps keep you safe even if there is a malfunction, tip-over, or short fuse.
  • Use fireworks as directed. Before using fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area and that you’ve read the directions on the packaging. Most will tell you exactly how to place them for the safest use, even showing which side faces the ground. And, just as you shouldn’t put yourself in the path of a firework, never point or throw fireworks at someone else.
  • Keep water handy in case of accidents. If there is a small fire or another mishap, having a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby means you can put it out before someone gets hurt. You can even prevent trash fires by dousing spent fireworks before throwing them away.

However you choose to celebrate this Fourth of July, we hope you’ll keep these tips in mind for a happy and safe holiday.

What Our Patients Say

True Health was a great experience. The staff were very friendly and attentive! I didn't have a lot of time in my work schedule but True Health was able to fit me in and get me back to work on time. A very pleasant experience!John R
I took my child to True Health and was amazed by the level of care she received. The staff were super friendly and very informative. We were in and out in no time!Samantha S
True Health is my home when I get sick, I drive from the other side of town to the E. Colonial office because I trust them. Everyone from the front office, to the manager and of course, my Doctor are great! I wouldn't go anywhere else!Pedro C
I am very thankful to have such a good doctor [at True Health]. The nurses are super and very caring people... I always have a great visit.Diana S
I love my doctor! I feel that she is truly there to keep me healthy and to live life fully and enjoyably!Sarah W.
I was called in promptly with no hassles! My doctor has been treating me for over a year and has managed to diagnose and keep my diabetes and asthma under control.Sylvia P.
The first thing I look for is customer service and this center has always been performing excellent customer service! Always smiling and greeting me walking in the door, very helpful with my needs. I will always recommend this center because of the #1 service!F. Bell