TMH Living Well: Enjoying fireworks safely on the Fourth of July
It’s Fourth of July and no doubt you want to celebrate. Go ahead, set off a few permissible fireworks — namely anything that doesn’t explode or leave the ground. As for the rest of the stuff, leave it at the stands in Wyoming where it belongs.
Even the allowed fireworks must be handled with care. Take sparklers, for instance. Did you know they burn at a temperature of about 2,000 degrees? That’s high enough to melt some metals. Makes you think twice before handing one to your kids, doesn’t it?
Best yet, leave the fireworks behind and come out Monday and enjoy the city’s Fourth of July parade & barbecue sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 62. Craig Fire/Rescue’s fireworks show at dusk at Moffat County High School.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people on average visit the Emergency Room each day during the Independence Day holiday week. The majority of injuries occur to the hands, fingers, face, head and ears. Kids are most vulnerable to injuries. If you want to set off a few allowed fireworks, do so with safety and caution.
Fireworks safety tips
The CPSC recommends the following safety measures when using fireworks:
• Make sure to only ignite fireworks deemed legal in your area.
• Let only adults light fireworks, not kids. If kids are present, always have an adult around.
• Don’t try to relight or pick up a firework that doesn’t ignite fully.
• Be mindful of where you point fireworks — always away from people.
• Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy for mishaps and for dousing fireworks after use.
• After lighting a firework move back quickly.
• Remember, anyone under 16 is not allowed to carry or set off fireworks without supervision.
• Wear eye protection and always follow label instructions.
What’s legal, what’s not?
Fireworks deemed legal in Colorado: toy propellants and smoke devices, trick noise makers, glow worms, snakes, sparklers and dipped sticks, illuminating torches and colored fire, ground spinners, wheels and cone fountains.
Illegal fireworks: anything that projects or disburses glass, metal or brittle plastic fragments, Roman candles, cherry bombs, firecrackers, bottle rockets and other rockets including M-80s and M-100s, helicopters and more. Remember, if it explodes or leaves the ground, it’s illegal in Colorado.
TMH Medical Clinic closed July 4
If injury occurs seek medical treatment promptly. The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic is closed on the Fourth of July, but the emergency room at the hospital is always open. Did you know that TMH Medical Clinic has expanded hours to ensure you can see a doctor quickly, usually on the same day you call? The clinic is now open until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
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