NHM Health Focus:
Fireworks Safety Tips:
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Never allow children to play with or ignite
- Read and follow all warnings and instructions
- Be sure other people are out of range before
- Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface
away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
- Never try to relight fireworks that have
not fully functioned.
- Keep a bucket of water in case of a malfunction
The National Center for Injury Prevention
and Control (NCIPC) reports
that in "2001, 9,500 people were treated in U.S. emergency departments
for fireworks-related injuries. Children 14 years and younger sustained
about 50% of injuries related to fireworks, and boys represented 75%
of all those injured. Typically, three quarters of injuries from fireworks
in the United States occur in the days surrounding the July 4th holiday." Most
of these injuries and deaths could have been avoided.
The following organizations and government agencies have produced resources
with information and activities aimed at preventing deaths and injuries
- The National Institute on Deaf and Other Communication Disorders
(NIDCD) has resources
for parents and teachers.
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
has posted a list of Fireworks
Safety Promotion Ideas
- Girl Power is a web site sponsored
by U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
for girls 9 to 13. It encourages and motivates 9 to 13 year-old
girls to make the most of their lives and features Fireworks
Fun from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Pages features an interactive Periodic Table from which you can
learn which chemical elements are important in the manufacture of
fireworks and create safe fireworks displays on your computer screen.
Prevent Blindness America
warns that there is no safe way for nonprofessionals to use fireworks.
It is only safe to enjoy the splendor and excitement of fireworks
at a professional display. If there is an accident, following these
six steps can help save the victim's sight.
The fireworks safety resources on Access Excellence
@ the National Health Museum Health (AE
@ NHM) include:
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