Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Safety Tips



The 4th of July may mean more outdoor activity. Things like picnics, boating, and camping are just a few possibilities.  Advanced Bone & Joint wants you to enjoy your holiday safely, so please practice the following safety tips:
  • Never use gasoline to start BBQ grills. Use lighter fluid only.
  • Never dump hot coals in dumpster.
  • If you are camping, be sure to check the regulations on fires. Many areas may be closed to all fires (including charcoal grills) due to extreme dry conditions.
  • Never leave a fire unattended and always be sure it is completely out when you leave.
  • When boating, always wear a Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device, and always have children closely supervised anytime they are around water.
It's okay to use consumer fireworks on 4th of July.  This practice is as American as apple pie, backyard barbeques and parades down Main street. Consumer fireworks are equally as safe, if a few common sense rules are applied.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these common sense safety tips for using consumer fireworks in the hopes that injuries to consumers can be greatly reduced this season:
  • Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks.  Read the caution label before igniting.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
  • Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
And note these special safety tips, if using sparklers:
  • Always remain standing while using sparklers.
  • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
  • Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Never throw sparklers.
  • Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out.  Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers.
Whatever you are doing for the 4th of July holiday, stay safe and drink lots of water to stay hydrated! 

Disclaimer:
There is a fine line between blogging and giving medical advice. The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.  Nothing contained in this blog is intended to replace the medical advice of a trained, licensed physician.
In all matters relating to your health, you are urged to consult a physician. You can contact Advanced Bone & Joint to set up a formal consultation appointment with Dr. W. Anthony Frisella, Dr. Dane Glueck, Dr. Brandon Larkin, Dr. Anthony Lombardo, Dr. John McAllister, II, Dr. Brian Meek, Dr. Paul Spezia, Jennifer Eickhoff, FNP-BC, or Matt Pliske, PA-C

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