4th of July festivities are anticipated events, but activities involving fire and fireworks can be dangerous. How can parents keep their kiddos safe? Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld, Public Information Officer of Toledo Fire and Rescue, and Dr. Daniel Neumeyer, DO, of Mercy Emergency Facilities, suggested some great guidelines for keeping summer celebrations safe.
Fire Preparedness Steps
Nothing puts an end to a child’s fun faster than a trip to the ER. According to Dr. Neumeyer, burn injuries in children are most common in the summer, so “Teaching your children about appropriate care and use of outdoor fires is important. ”
Parents should not leave a child unattended near a fire, grill or fireworks. Store flammables out of reach, keep water nearby and teach older kids to shovel dirt on a fire to put it out.
Are Home Fireworks: Worth the Risk?
Lt. Hertzfeld advises, “We don’t recommend that people buy or use home fireworks. Even with legal devices, injury can occur; sparklers while legal, can be very dangerous, and should be used under adult supervision. The best way to protect your children is not to use home fireworks.”
Have an Emergency Action Plan
Even when care is taken, accidents do occur, so be prepared with an action plan. “Stop the burning as quickly as you can. Don’t run around. Stop, drop and roll if clothes catch on fire. Call 911,” Lt. Hertzfeld guides.
Proper treatment is essential. “If the burn is minor, usually a non-adherent bandage is appropriate with bacitracin ointment. Seeking medical attention is a good idea. Burns to the face and hands should generally be evaluated by a medical professional,” Dr. Neumeyer recommends. He suggests parents have a fire extinguisher and cool compresses on hand, as well as a cell phone and a car to get help if necessary.
Being prepared and playing it safe will go a long way to keeping your family’s summer care-free and fun-filled.
Holland: Community Homecoming Park (7807 Angola Rd.)
Swanton: Swanton High School
Football Field (601 N. Main St.)
Waterville: Waterville Primary School (457 Sycamore Ln.)
Woodville: Trail Marker Park (Cherry St.) 10pm/fireworks
Sylvania: Centennial Terrace (5773 Centennial Rd.)
7pm/celebration, dusk/fireworks. $5.
Maumee: 100 E. Wayne
Perrysburg: Fort Meigs State Memorial (29100 W. River Rd.),
3pm/celebrations begin.10pm/fireworks. Free
Monroe: River Raisin Independence Day Festival at Sterling State Park. (2800 State Park Rd.)
Bowling Green: BGSU Intramural Fields.
Downtown Toledo: Marina District Riverside Drive.
Wauseon: Biddle Park
(1000 Biddle Park Dr.)
Whitehouse: Founder’s Day Celebration at Village Hall (6925 Providence St.).
Celebrate Independence Day with a bang! All fireworks shows start at dusk, but get there early for the best viewing spots.