Fire officials stress safety to avoid fireworks injuries - kotanow.com- Scottsbluff Area News, Sports, and Weather

Fire officials stress safety to avoid fireworks injuries

Posted: Updated:
Today is the Fourth of July, and local emergency responders are stressing the importance of safety when handling fireworks this holiday weekend.

DJ Glenn, a firefighter and paramedic with the Scottsbluff Fire Department, says the most common injuries people receive when using fireworks are to their hands and eyes.

Glenn says children should always have adult supervision around and to never stand over the top of fireworks or sparks after lighting them. 

"The biggest thing, which is heard a lot, use common sense. Don't light them in dry grass, be safe with them and have some people there, keep a bucket of water handy and by all means if there's an issue don't be afraid to call 911," said Glenn.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people on average go to the emergency room each day with fireworks-related injuries. 36 percent of the time hands are the most injured body part, followed by the face 22 % of the time. Sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit which is as hot as a blow torch.

For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Bluffs business owner injured in Wednesday afternoon accident

    Bluffs business owner injured in Wednesday afternoon accident

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:56:54 GMT
    33-year-old Angela Engelhaupt- owner of Angela's Bridal and Boutique- was struck by 20-year-old Brian Walla after he attempted to make a u-turn in his van. While doing so, he struck Engelhaupt's vehicle- causing it to roll one time.More >>
    33-year-old Angela Engelhaupt- owner of Angela's Bridal and Boutique- was struck by 20-year-old Brian Walla after he attempted to make a u-turn in his van. While doing so, he struck Engelhaupt's vehicle- causing it to roll one time.More >>
  • 17 vehicles taken off road during surprise truck inspection in Scotts Bluff County

    17 vehicles taken off road during surprise truck inspection in Scotts Bluff County

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:20:34 GMT
    17 vehicles were taken out of service today, after the Nebraska State Patrol conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections in Scottsbluff in Gering.More >>
    17 vehicles were taken out of service today, after the Nebraska State Patrol conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections in Scottsbluff in Gering.More >>
  • Shelter dog hailed as a hero after saving fellow pup's life

    Shelter dog hailed as a hero after saving fellow pup's life

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:46:51 GMT
    Five-year-old basset mix Mason looks like any other tail-wagging, dirt-digging, slobbery faced dog. But he's much more than that. Mason is a hero. "He's a hero, because he actually saved her life," said Cathy McDaniel, Director of the Panhandle Humane Society. "He saved that dogs life and we weren't sure if that was going to work, but it did."More >>
    Five-year-old basset mix Mason looks like any other tail-wagging, dirt-digging, slobbery faced dog. But he's much more than that. Mason is a hero. "He's a hero, because he actually saved her life," said Cathy McDaniel, Director of the Panhandle Humane Society. "He saved that dogs life and we weren't sure if that was going to work, but it did."More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KDUH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.