Omaha, NE (PRWEB) June 30, 2014
Boys Town offers safety measures to prevent firework injuries and allow families to be prepared in the case of an emergency this Independence Day. The national child and healthcare organization, started over 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. Boys Town experts offer this advice for avoiding injury.
1. Use fireworks properly. Do not hold them while lighting or throw in the direction of people, buildings or piles of yard waste.
2. When lighting fireworks, pull your hair back and do not wear loose clothing.
3. Do not let children younger than 5 years of age light fireworks, not even sparklers.
4. Always keep an emergency kit nearby. Kits should consist of: a bucket of water or hose, a bucket of dirt, sterile dressing, medical gloves, a wool blanket to smother open flames and a plastic cup.
5. If possible, have an individual trained in first aid present.
“You never see them coming, and that’s why they’re called accidents. Though beautiful, fireworks are dangerous objects that can cause injuries resulting in everything from a small shock to blindness or an amputation,” says Dr. Heather Zimmerman. “If you plan on using fireworks this holiday, there are some precautions you can take to prevent injuries and be prepared in the case of an emergency.”
Boys Town counsels families and schools across the country on best parenting, health and discipline practices. You can find more information on this topic at: https://www.boystownpediatrics.org/KnowledgeCenter/healtharticles/Pages/Be-Prepared-for-Firework-Injuries.aspx
The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call: 1-800-448-3000.
About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2011, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.