Paramedics advise on fireworks safety

2015-11-11 06:00

ER24, the medical care service provider, has attended to people over the years who have sustained injuries as a result of incorrect or careless use of fireworks, and has issued safety tips on the handling of these as follows

• Only use fireworks in legal designated areas. Check with your local council or municipality before igniting fireworks.

• Never ignite fireworks while under the influence of liquor.

• Remember that igniting fireworks and continuing to hold them in your hand while lit could lead to severe injuries. Do not fool or run around with ignited fireworks.

• Ensure that your clothes are not close or hanging over the fireworks when you ignite them. Also ensure that you do not ignite fireworks in confined spaces, near people, houses, vehicles, other flammable materials or substances, dry grass or bush as well as in containers and manholes.

• Keep in mind that fireworks can backfire or go off in the wrong direction.

• Keep water or a fire extinguisher close by should there be an emergency.

• Treat fireworks that are not ignited as dangerous. A spark or open flame can set off fireworks if they are left in close proximity.

• Keep fireworks away from children. Depending on their age, they may not understand how to use them, may not understand the repercussions should the fireworks not be handled properly or may want to experiment with them not thinking about the consequences.

• Keep in mind that pets are affected by the loud noises. They may panic, run away, try to seek shelter or be injured. Take precautionary measures to ensure they are safe. Do not under any circumstances light fireworks near animals.

• Keep emergency numbers handy. ER24’s Emergency Contact Centre can be reached 24 hours a day on 084 124 for any medical emergency.
- Chitra Bodasing, ER24 spokesperson.

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