Fireworks Safety Tips
Whether celebrating the Fourth of July or enjoying a pre-Labor Day beach cookout, fireworks and sparklers are often a part of summer celebrations. Check out our tips listed below to enjoy them safely!
•Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Even older children must have adult supervision.
•Follow the instructions on the fireworks packaging.
•Never shoot fireworks after drinking alcohol.
•Never set off fireworks in bottles, cans or other objects.
•Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
•Never shoot devices near buildings, over roofs, or near power lines.
•Never try to re-light or fix fireworks that have not gone off. Wait 15 to 20 minutes before approaching a "dud" and then soak it with water.
•Always keep a safe distance from fireworks staging areas.
•Protect your eyes by wearing safety glasses or safety goggles. Wearing prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses or contact lenses provides little or no protection from fireworks.
•Soak fireworks devices with water after they appear to have burned out.
•Never use homemade fireworks.
•Never extend any part of the body over lit fireworks.
•Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose and a first aid kit nearby.
•Always follow local ordinances and directions of all local police and fire personnel.
•In case of eye injuries do not touch, rub or press the injured eye. Call 9-1-1 for paramedics who will treat the victim and safely transport him or her to a hospital.
•In case of burn injuries, cover with a dry dressing and call 9-1-1 for paramedic care.
Tips Specific to Sparklers
Sparklers are among the most common fireworks at private celebrations. Adults often let small children hold sparklers because sparklers seem harmless, but sparklers can be dangerous. Sparklers get as hot as 2,000 degrees – as hot as a blow torch. They can cause serious burns long after burning out. To avoid injuries from sparklers:
•Plant them in the ground away from dry grass and then have an adult light them.
•Do not hold more than one sparkler at a time.
•Always stand when playing with sparklers and do not run while holding them.
•If two or more people are holding sparklers, they should be at least six feet from each other.
•Hold sparklers at arm's length, away from the body. Do not hand a lit sparkler to anyone.
•Wear shoes with closed toes.
•Adults and older children should never carry a child who is holding a sparkler.
•Do not try to relight a burnt-out sparkler. Douse every burnt-out sparkler in a pail of water.
Have a safe and fun summer!
HandWorks Hand Therapy provides certified hand therapy and individualized treatment for patients with traumatic injuries and acquired conditions of the upper extremity. Clinic director and certified hand therapist, occupational therapist, Sally P. Gillenson, MBA, MS, OTR, CHT, fabricates custom dynamic and static splints (orthotics) and provides certified hand therapy/ treatment in Bergen County in northern NJ. She has more than 15 years of experience treating complex hand, wrist, and elbow injuries as well as arthritis, Dupuytren's contracture, and repetitive strain injuries including cubital and carpal tunnel.
WHAT WE DO
In a private outpatient clinic, conveniently located in Saddle Brook, Bergen County, in northern NJ, patients receive certified hand therapy services for rehabilitation of injuries and disorders of the fingers, hand, wrist, and elbow. Our services include:
We are open weekdays and evenings; Saturdays and Sundays on an emergency basis. Splints can be fabricated on a same-day emergency basis if your doctor deems it medically necessary.
We can be reached by phone, fax, or email.
DO YOU NEED HAND THERAPY ?
HERE ARE SOME HINTS:
INJURY: Did you hurt your hand, wrist, or elbow? ● Have you undergone a surgery on your hand, wrist, or elbow?
DAILY ACTIVITIES: Do you experience burning, numbness/tingling, pain, or stiffness in your fingers or hand during activities or upon waking up ● Do you have painful cramps in your hand when cooking, cleaning, getting dressed, holding a book, or writing ● Do you drop or have trouble picking up items?
PAIN MANAGEMENT: Do you rely on medication to lessen hand, wrist, or elbow pain? ● Does pain prevent you from using your hand normally?
If you have experienced any of these problems or symptoms, we would advise you to see a hand surgeon, who may prescribe certified hand therapy. If you receive a prescription for hand therapy, and your surgeon would like you to be seen by a certified hand therapist,
please give us a call @ 201.820.4020 to schedule an appointment.