The Fourth of July, or Independence Day is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Gleason Clinic Providers and Staff want you to celebrate Independence Day safely.

Fireworks are a fun and beautiful way to celebrate July 4th. Yet, the thrill and excitement of fireworks can also bring pain. On average, 200 people go to the emergency room every day during the month of July with firework related injuries. Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burns and eye injuries.

Firework Safety Tips

*Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

*Always have an adult supervise firework activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees-hot enough to melt some metals. Let your young children use glow sticks instead.

*Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.fireworks_over_water_47

*Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

*Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

*Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

*Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

*Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.

*Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.

*If fireworks do not ignite and go off, do not stand over it to investigate it, put it out with water and dispose of it properly.

*After fireworks complete their burning, douse the used device with plenty of water before discarding it to prevent trash fire.

The Staff of Gleason Clinic wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe Fourth of July!!!

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God Bless America