Fireworks, sparklers and bon fires…oh, my!

As we draw near to the Fourth of July, many of us celebrate with family and friends by enjoying bonfires and firework displays. While these activities encourage fun times and great memories, it is important to understand that they also pose serious threats and risks if they are not approached with caution. CentraCare Health reminds you to stay safe:

Never allow children to operate fireworks; even sparklers can cause serious injuries if used incorrectly.

Never leave children unattended around any type of fire.

Never place any part of your body directly over fireworks when lighting a fuse.

Light fireworks one at a time, and after doing so move away quickly.

After fireworks are done burning, douse them with water before placing in the trash.

Never use flammable liquids to light or keep a bonfire burning.

Avoid starting fires when conditions are dry or windy.

Make sure you and others know how to stop, drop and roll.

In case you need medical attention, the CentraCare Urgency Center is open noon to 8 p.m. on holidays and weekends. For more information or to view wait times, visit www.centracare.com.

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