Keep Your Health and Safety in Mind this 4th of July 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Friday, 26 June 2009 
 
 
Cy-Fair Urgent Care Center Offers Tips for an Enjoyable Holiday

Fireworks are fun to watch, exciting to hear, and a wonderful way to mark a special occasion like the upcoming Independence Day weekend. But as of today, a fireworks ban is in place through July 6 in Harris County for certain fireworks. This just means that it is more important than ever to keep safety in mind when planning your holiday celebrations. This 4th of July Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center encourages you to take caution so you along with your family, friends and neighbors can focus on fun rather than a fire or medical emergency.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 9,200 people are treated for fireworks-related injures every year. Fifty-five percent of these injuries are burns, and 30 percent are bruises and cuts. Children under the age of 15 account for one-third of all fireworks injuries. The types of fireworks most likely to cause an injury include firecrackers, sparklers, Roman candles, and bottle rockets.

The safest way to watch fireworks is at a professional show, not by setting off fireworks at home. When viewing a fireworks display, respect the safety barriers and select a safe viewing distance of at least 500 feet away. If you know someone who is planning a fireworks show of their own, you may want to share these safety tips from the Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center:

·                     Make sure fireworks are legal in your area.

·                     Children should not be allowed to play with fireworks.

·                     Watch children closely when setting off fireworks.

·                     Only adults should light fireworks.

·                     Keep an extinguisher, hose, or bucket of water nearby.

·                     Do not light fireworks inside or near dry vegetation.

·                     Do not pick up a firework that has not gone off. Do not try to relight it. Douse it with water and dispose of it.

·                     Read the directions on fireworks before setting them off.

·                     Stand several feet away from lit fireworks.

·                     Do not light more than one firework at a time.

·                     Do not wear loose-fitting clothing when lighting fireworks.

In addition to potential personal injury, fireworks can cause physical damage as well. Fireworks are associated with approximately 1,800 structure fires and 700 vehicle fires each year. More fires in the United States are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year; fireworks cause half of these fires.

If an injury does occur, visit Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center, your family’s physician or the nearest emergency room. The center is conveniently located on Barker Cypress near West Road, and is staffed by experienced physicians who can care for minor burns, cuts and bruises. Learn more about Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center by calling 281-517-9900 or visiting www.CyFairUrgentCare.com.