4th of July firework tips

With the 4th of July just around the corner, here are some tips and advice from your local EMS crews.

  1. Do not aim fireworks at other people or pets, as good as the movie Dodgeball is, now is not the time to train for the sequel. 
  2. Sparklers burn hot enough to melt gold, make sure your children are supervised at all times when fireworks are out and being set off.
  3. Always follow instructions on the firework packaging. Homemade mortar shells are a recipe for disaster. 
  4. Keep a supply of water close by to help extinguish spent fireworks and put out any grass fires that may occur. 
  5. Do not try to relight any duds, a partially burnt fuse will go off much faster then intended.
  6. For the furry family members that may be sensitive to loud sounds and lights, try to keep them on a leash if outside, or in a room that dampens outside sound.
  7. After lighting, do no hold any fireworks in your hands. Easter Egg Hunt season is already done for the year, and fingers are hard to find in the dark. 
  8. If around water, make sure children are supervised at all times, it is easy to be distracted by fireworks, and drowning happens faster then you think. 
  9. If there is an injury to the eyes, flush with copious amounts of water, there is no such thing as too much.
  10. For fires, injuries, or medical emergencies, call 911 right away. 
  11. Last of all, be safe and have a happy 4th this year!

From your local Ellis County EMS crews, thank you for allowing us to serve you and your families.