Setting off fireworks in the backyard is popular during the weeks around the Fourth of July, but DoctorsCare wants you to stay safe during #FireworksSafetyMonth
Did you know that 25% of children who suffered from firework-related injuries were bystanders in backyard fireworks displays? Most injuries occur from sparklers (yes, even sparklers!), novelty devices, and aerial devices causing burns, lacerations, and even partial finger amputations. Here are some tips you can follow to make sure your family and friends stay safe if you choose to light them off.
Check your local fireworks laws
- Clarksville-Montgomery County only allows fireworks to be set off during certain dates and times.
- In 2020, it was allowed from July 1 through July 5, only between the hours of 6pm to 10pm.
- Stay up to date with your local ordinances.
Keep bystanders at a safe distance
- Create a safety zone away from cars, buildings, and flammable liquids that everyone must stand behind, especially children.
- Never let children touch or light fireworks.
- Don’t let anyone enter that zone before or immediately after you light them off.
Always be “on” around fireworks
- Do not light off fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Read all instructions carefully.
- Wear safety glasses.
- Keep pets inside so they don’t get spooked and cause anyone to be distracted.
Find alternative ideas
- The best way to keep your family and friends safe is to not light fireworks off at all.
- Search for local fireworks shows in your area and let the professionals handle the displays instead.
- Purchase glow sticks or light up novelty items to create that festive feel that’s safe for children.
If you still plan on lighting off fireworks this summer, be sure to never light one off in your hand and douse them with water before disposing of them. Our staff at DoctorsCare is trained to handle minor burns and lacerations, so be sure to seek medical attention immediately if you experience a firework-related injury.
DoctorsCare wants you and your family to stay safe as the weather gets warmer. Visit one of our two conveniently located offices in Clarksville. We accept walk-in patients of all ages during all hours of operation. No appointment is necessary! Walk in, feel better!