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Firecracker Safety

24/06/2013 2 Comments

Each year the use of firecrackers at weddings, new years, sporting events and religious occasions grows. Unfortunately with this unchecked growth (despite official bans) the number of casualties also rises.  The most common injuries suffered are from burns and shrapnel from exploding crackers. While most injuries are easily treated at general hospital emergency wards, fire burns beyond first degree are treated at special burns hospitals. Therefore in case of an emergency clearly inform the ambulance service on the nature of the injury that they may rush you to the appropriate hospital.

 

Handling firecrackers

ALWAYS:

Have adult supervision of children around firecrackers

Light firecrackers outdoors, as they are potential fire hazards

Light one firecracker at a time

Have a bucket of water nearby

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Wear some eye protection when handling fire crackers

After firecrackers stop burning soak them with water before disposing

 

NEVER:

Hold a firecracker while lighting it

Pick up failed firecrackers, they can still explode

Never re-light a failed cracker

Bend directly over firecrackers while lighting them

Wear loose clothing while handling or around firecrackers

Throw firecrackers at passing people or vehicles

Point firecrackers towards homes

 

Accidents do happen and sometimes injuries may occur despite all the precautions. Here are some things you can do in case it does happen:

 

For minor burns from firecrackers:

Run Cool/Tap water over the affected area

Do not apply ointments or creams

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Cover the injured area with a clean, dry cloth or bandage

When area larger than the size of the palm is affectedSeek medical attention immediately: 

Burn extends beyond skin

Eyes are involved

 

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For injuries from firecracker explosions:

Cover the affected part with a clean cloth; try to stop the bleeding by putting pressure on it

Immediately take the patient to an Emergency Clinic/Hospital

 

 

 

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