Safety Tips

Fourth of July Safety

The Fourth of July means fun, families, food and fireworks. This holiday season, we encourage you to take precautions to keep you and your family safe from serious burns and injuries.

  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks
  • Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks
  • Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks
  • Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can
  • Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting
  • Avoid using homemade fireworks
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix

Safety tips for using sparklers:

  • Always remain standing while using sparklers
  • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers
  • Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time
  • Never throw sparklers
  • Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out
  • Drop used sparklers in a bucket of water
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers 

Halloween Safety

Here are safety tips from Burn and Wound Care at CHI Health St. Elizabeth. We want to help you and your family have a safe Halloween!

  • Use flashlights or battery-powered lights instead of candles in pumpkins
  • Paper, dried leaves and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these items as well as Halloween decorations away from any heat source
  • Make sure smoke detectors are working and that your family has an escape plan out of your house
  • Before trick-or-treating review how to cross the street with your children. Remind them to look both ways
  • Carry a flashlight or glow sticks when trick-or-treating
  • Make sure children do not eat candy before it has been examined by an adult
  • Make trick-or-treating a no-running game, so no one falls

Summer Safety

Get ready for summer with these safety tips from St. Elizabeth Burn and Wound Center.

  • When using a grill, be sure to clean it thoroughly to remove any grease or dust. Check for gas leaks. Use the grill outside, not in a garage, porch, or other enclosed space. Read more grilling safety tips, including how to check your gas tank hose for leaks.
  • If you plan to use a fire pit, always have a container of water nearby and a garden hose ready before starting a fire. Whatever you do, don't try to start a fire with gasoline. It's way too dangerous. Be sure to put out a fire completely before leaving it unattended.
  • Watch children closely around grills and fire pits. Never leave children unattended around hot grills or fire pits.
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and apply it liberally throughout the day.
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.