The ABCs of July 4th Safety
Always Be Careful when it comes to Fireworks, Food, and Water Safety on the 4th
The Fourth of July holiday usually brings plenty of opportunities for the 3 F’s: Fun, Food, and Fireworks.
That’s why it’s even more important to remember your ABCs: Always Be Careful.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average, 250 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries around the July 4th holiday.
Most fireworks are illegal in the state of Illinois, but even the legal ones can cause injuries.
About a quarter of all ER visits are due to legal fireworks in the state of Illinois.
Emergency Department physician Benjamin Kemp reminds everyone when using sparklers or other legal fireworks to always have a hose or bucket of water nearby, do so in a wide, open area, and to make sure young children are kept at a safe distance.
He also says be careful when it comes to alcohol use during festivities.
The July 4th holiday is also a time for picnics. The Illinois Department of Public Health says each year about 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning, so you want to make sure you prepare, cook, and store any food properly.
And what would a summer holiday be without water activities, whether in a pool, lake, or river? Again, safety is key. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death, with children most at risk. Water-related injuries are something emergency department physicians don’t like to see come through the door, because an ounce of prevention can go a long way.