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TMH Living Well: Enjoying fireworks safely on the Fourth

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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 to the experts. After enjoying the city's Fourth of July parade and barbecue, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary Post 4265 and the American Legion Post 62, head to Moffat County High School to enjoy the fireworks.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people on average visit the emergency room each day during the Fourth of July 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.

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• 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 fully ignite.

• 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 younger than 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 include: 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 include: 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 and also closes early at 5 p.m. July 3, but the emergency room at the hospital always is open. Did you know that the TMH Medical Clinic expanded its hours to ensure you can see a doctor quickly, usually on the same day you call? The clinic now is open until 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

This weekly article with tips on living well is sponsored by The Memorial Hospital at Craig — improving the quality of life for the communities we serve through patient-centered health care and service excellence.