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Akron, Ohio, June 30, 2011– With summer in full swing and the Fourth of July right around the corner, it’s officially time for cookouts, vacations and, of course, fireworks.
Obviously, professionals need to use extreme caution when dealing with display fireworks. But, did you know the lit portion of sparklers can reach 1800 degrees Fahrenheit?
“Fireworks seem harmless and easy to use, but there can be real dangers if they are used incorrectly,” said Sharon Wiita RN, BSN, CEN, trauma and injury prevention coordinator at Summa Akron City Hospital. “According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2010 alone there were three fireworks-related deaths and an estimated 8,600 hospital emergency room treated injuries due to firework misuse.”
To help avoid injuries from fireworks, Wiita suggests the following safety tips:
- Have an extinguisher, hose or bucket of water nearby for emergencies.
- Never re-light fireworks that appear to have gone out.
- Stay far away from the fireworks; never lean over top of fireworks to light them.
- Immerse sparklers in sand when they burn out – they are still very hot, and young children are prone to burn injuries from touching sparklers.
- Only use fireworks outdoors, lighting only one product at a time.
- Always supervise children, and do not allow them to ignite fireworks.
To treat a minor burn, Wiita advises running it under cool water and covering it with a clean, dry cloth. Do not apply ice, which can worsen a burn. Also do not apply petroleum jelly or butter, which can hold heat in the tissue.
Consult a physician if a minor burn does not heal in a couple of days or if there are signs of infection, such as redness and swelling. Major injuries or burns should be seen in the emergency department.
About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet® status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.