Happy 4th of July from NC Health Plans!
This 4th of July, amidst all the celebration, it’s important to keep in mind that fireworks can be dangerous. Although fun, fireworks can cause burns and eye injuries in both children and adults, as well as more serious injuries. In fact, according to the experts, the best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home, but rather take your family to a public fireworks display and leave the show to the professionals. In many areas fireworks at home are prohibited and if you intend to use fireworks at home this year, make sure you check with your local police department regarding what is legal. Also, practice safety! Review the following list of tips from the National Council of Fireworks Safety:
- Buy only legal fireworks. In other words, look for fireworks that come with a label that includes the manufacturer’s name and instructions. Store all fireworks in a cool, dry place.
- Never attempt to make your own fireworks.
- Always keep fireworks outside and keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy.
- Never throw or point fireworks at another person.
- Light one firework at a time and wear eye protection. Never attempt to relight a “dud.” If it doesn’t work the first time, let it go.
- Have a designated shooter prepare a shooting area and carefully read the instructions on each firework.
- Refrain from alcohol use while handling fireworks of any kind.
- Soak all fireworks and pieces of fireworks before throwing them in the trash can. If they are still ignited, they could explode at any time.
- Think about your pets! Animals often become extremely agitated on the 4th of July because of all the noise. Make sure to keep your pets secured indoors to reduce the risk of them running loose or getting injured.
- Finally, if someone does incur an injury, visit your doctor or hospital immediately. Do not attempt to treat or flush out any eye injuries as this can cause even more damage. Seek professional medical attention for any burns to either the eyes or skin.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety encourages consumers to know their fireworks and only purchase from licensed stores, stands and tents. According to the Fireworks Safety Council, consumer fireworks can be safe when used properly. You can get a full list of fireworks safety tips at www.fireworkssafety.org.
This 4th of July, we encourage you to celebrate our nation’s independence, but do it wisely! Make fireworks safety a top priority! For more information on North Carolina insurance coverage, please visit our website at www.nchealthplans.com or call our toll free number 888-765-5400 and speak with one of our experienced and professional agents.